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WBBL: Adelaide Strikers vs. Hobart Hurricanes, 10 game winning streak continues, Darcie Brown

Serious questions are being asked about the Hobart Hurricanes’ batting order after another disappointing display against the Adelaide Strikers.

The Adelaide Strikers have continued an amazing 10-match winning streak over the Hobart Hurricanes in Mackay on Saturday with Darcie Brown firing.

Brown’s 3-19 giving her side the impetus for the 48-run win. The winning streak now stands at almost six years with Hobart’s last victory coming in December 2015 during the first edition of WBBL.

Hobart could manage just 94 in reply to 4/142 as the Strikers continue their charge towards Finals with three straight wins now.

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Albeit temporarily, the Strikers now sit outright fourth with momentum on their side after dropping four matches in a row not so long ago.

Only three sides sit above them on the table, including the red-hot Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers, who they meet next in the run home.

With less than two weeks to go in the regular season, every win is crucial with a rejigged Finals structure rewarding the highest ranked team. Top of the table earning a direct route to the decider.

Brown, 18, renowned for challenging the 120kph mark set the tone for the dominant bowling display. She now has 12 wickets for WBBL|07 including a hat-trick earlier.

Brown’s swing was particularly lethal at the Great Barrier Reef Arena and she said as much post-match.

“Good to finally swing the ball a bit,” she said. “I didn’t have too much of an idea how much swing there was, until I got to the warm up and bowled a few balls, it was swinging a bit.”

Australian swing bowler Megan Schutt, with 1-16, was just as outstanding from her four overs, just not with as many wickets to show.

“It’s pretty special to have her back, she’s been great coming back into the group … we missed her a bit away on tour,” Brown said about Schutt.

It was a wicket that appeared difficult for batters to get going to make those big scores towards 200 which fans had seen so much of this year.

“All of our batters found it a bit difficult to get going,” South African Laura Wolvaardt mentioned on the mic.

A 17-run final over sprung the Strikers to 4/142. Captain Tahlia McGrath (38 not out from 37), Dane van Niekerk (44) and Bridget Patterson (25) making valuable contributions to eke out a competitive total.

In reply, the highlights were many for the Strikers.

South African leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk’s sharp return catch off her own bowling and lightning run out of Australian all-rounder Nicola Carey (8) by Amanda- Jade Wellington (2-15) among the highlights of Adelaide’s third straight win.

Strikers captain Tahlia McGrath (1-23) also among the wicket takers.

The competition’s all-time leading wicket taker Molly Strano (2-23) returning best figures for the Hurricanes.

Battle of the WBBL pace aces

Mackay was graced with pace on Saturday afternoon.

Two of the most exciting young speedsters in Australian cricket, the Hurricanes’ Tayla Vlaeminck and Strikers’ Darcie Brown, each challenged the speed gun for their respective sides.

While 23-year-old Vlaeminck (1-16) challenged the 120 km/h marker far more, it was Brown who delivered conceding less than five runs per over for her three wickets, including two in the all-important six over power play.

“Deadly Darcie has done it again,” commentator Alister Nicholson remarked in commentary after the speedster crashed through the stumps of Indian teenager Richa Ghosh (4).

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