Although the WBBL teams are separate from the state teams, they are actually very close, especially when it comes to squads. For McGrath, who was named Australia’s vice-captain last week, her entire career has been in South Australia, which meant it meant a lot when she was able to hold the trophy aloft.
“It’s a tough one, it’s been a good run,” he said when asked where it sits with the national titles. “It’s special for a different reason. My home state, which I’m very excited about, has been there since day one. It’s very special. There’s the World Cup, there’s the Games, but it’s for different reasons. The design is special.
“It’s been a long time in the making. When you come so close so many times, you keep the same group together, you keep fighting and you finally get one. So that’s pretty special.”
The Adelaide Strikers were flying to Sydney on a 6am flight on Friday following their Challenger victory over the Brisbane Heat in Adelaide. McGrath said most of the squad had spent yesterday afternoon sleeping but perhaps the quick change of pace helped them avoid thinking too much about the final.
After providing a strong foundation with an opening stand of 51 between Laura Willwardt and Katie Mack, the Strikers toiled for the next 11 overs before Deandra Dutton, who was named player of the final, took them to 147. helped deliver, which is still low. Usually required at North Sydney Oval.
But a brilliant start to the innings by the Sydney Sixers decided the contest. After dropping two catches in the same over, the Strikers managed to remove Alyssa Healy for 1 and the Sixers were 4 for 17 by the end of the sixth over, which included a double wicket maiden from Dutton.
“It was a sense of relief,” she said. “There was a calmness around the team today, everyone was relaxed, everyone knew what they needed to do, we didn’t worry about the occasion. We started really well, stumbled in the middle, then D -Dot [Dottin] The ending was great. We went in thinking it was a bit below par but at the same time there was enough in the wicket if we were disciplined enough, subtle changes of pace, [and the] The best bowling attack in the league…
“It’s never ideal to drop a catch but, again, we just stayed calm… our bowlers were amazing. I’ll back us to defend any total and they did it again today. “