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WBBL 2023: Elyse Villani’s quickfire knock guide Hobart Hurricanes to a decent victory over Adelaide Strikers

The Adelaide Strikers Women took on the Hobart Hurricanes Women in the 12th match of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) 2023. The Hobart Hurricanes emerged victorious in the rain-reduced contest by seven wickets, marked by a few remarkable performances.

Katie Mack and Laura Wolvaardt power Adelaide Strikers to a competitive total

Asked to bat first, the Adelaide Strikers Women made a strong start to their innings. Openers Katie Mack and Laura Wolvaardt set the tone with an excellent partnership. Katie scored 32 runs off 25 balls, including three fours, while Laura played a dynamic inning, amassing 35 runs off just 20 deliveries with three fours and one six. The duo’s quickfire innings ultimately led the Adelaide-based side to a competitive total of 74/1 in the rain-cut-short eight overs.

Elyse Villani and Lizelle Lee guide Hobart Hurricanes to victory

In reply, the Hobart Hurricanes Women got off to a flying start. Lizelle Lee provided a blistering performance, scoring 21 runs off just 9 balls, which included three sixes. However, the star of the innings was Elyse Villani, who contributed 39 runs off 24 balls. Villani hammered six boundaries during her quickfire knock. Despite a few quick wickets in the form of Bryony Smith, Heather Graham, and Ruth Johnston, the Hurricanes managed to reach the target in seven overs.

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The Adelaide Strikers Women’s bowlers tried their best to defend the total, with Megan Schutt and Georgia Adams each picking up a wicket, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Hurricanes’ charge.

Player of the Match

In the end, the Hobart Hurricanes Women emerged victorious, winning by seven wickets. Villani’s explosive batting earned her the “Player of the Match” award for her match-winning performance.

It is worth mentioning that this was Hobart-based team’s first victory in the WBBL 2023 edition out of the three games they played so far, and now they find themselves sitting at the sixth position of the points table.

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