Lucky for the third time as the Adelaide Strikers stun the Sydney Sixers to win the WBBL title

West Indian Deandra Dottin starred with bat and ball to lead the Adelaide Strikers to their first WBBL title and a 10-run win over the Sydney Sixers in the final at the North Sydney Oval.

Dottin (52 not from 37 balls) ended the innings with a swing as Adelaide went 5-147, a score that looked a little underperforming.

She was unusually reticent for most of her innings but upped the Strikers’ score by smashing two sixes and two fours in the last three overs.

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Dottin (2-30 of 4) then threw a double-wicket girl early in the Sixers’ chase as they lost 4-6 and fell to 4-16 in the sixth over.

Adelaide had lost their previous two finals and it was the third time in four years that they had made it to the decider of the season.

The Sixers innings started 15 minutes late as they waited for the sunset when Strikers bowler Darcie Brown offered her sunglasses to Sydney batter Suzie Bates.

But the sun set quickly for the sixers innings too after they started in front of 6,478 fans.

In a dramatic second over of Brown’s pitched innings, Bates was dropped twice and Alyssa Healy was caught on the square leg.

Dottin then batted twice in four balls, with Bates being caught at deep midwicket and Player of the Tournament Ash Gardner being hit at midwicket for a duck in fourth ball.

The meltdown continued as Erin Burns was stumped on Tegan McPharlin’s second try in front of Jemma Barsby.

Playing the final game of her career, Ellyse Perry (33/32) and Nicole Bolton (32/27) added 60 for the fifth wicket.

As they went down in consecutive overs, Sydney, who finished top of the league with a record 11 wins, was 6-82.

Some late hits from Maitlan Brown (34 of 17) and Sophie Ecclestone (15 of 8) and three drop catches from Megan Schutt kept the Sixers in the game with a small chance, but they were released for 137 from the last ball.

Strikers openers Katie Mack (31 of 26) and Laura Wolvaardt (15 of 16) got off to a stellar start, serving 51 in the first 6.2 overs but falling in consecutive overs.

Dottin had a decent dose of luck in her influential innings.

She was dropped on one at a backward point, with a diving Bolton getting a hand at a hard chance

The West Indian power hitter was caught two balls later on a full throw with a deep square leg, but it was ruled a no-ball as the delivery was above waist level.

Two overs later, Dottin had another reprieve from a no-ball on eight when she was caught by a miss, but replays showed Perry exceeding.

Dottin and Tahlia McGrath (24 of 21) added 44 for the third wicket before the Strikers skipper over-raised a bolton delivery.

The Strikers failed to capitalize on their Power Surge Overs, losing 2-7.

England spinner Ecclestone (2-19 of 4) was the Sixers’ standout bowler.

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James Brien

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