Women’s Big Bash League Final: Record audience present as Perth Scorchers star Marizanne Kapp overcomes ‘awful week’ to help secure title

The Perth Scorchers have won their first Women’s Big Bash League League title after beating the Adelaide Strikers by 12 runs in the final on Saturday night.

In front of a record-breaking audience of 15,511, the Scorchers ensured that it was the third time lucky after losing their two previous finals in the competition.

When Perth opened batting at Optus Stadium, Perth posted 146-5 from their 20 overs with Sophie Devine as the top scorer with 35 runs, while match player Marizanne Kapp hit a quickfire 31 of 23 balls.

Kapp had been uncomfortable all week before the final, but rose with bat and ball as she helped limit the Strikers to 134-6.

The Scorchers were particularly effective during the powerplay with Kapp’s first two overs, while it cost only two runs as Adelaide failed to match the required run rate.

Kapp also bowled a virgin as she utilized her knowledge of the opponent’s dough and wife Dane van Niekerk.

“It was a terrible week for me. I was sick, could not get out of bed,” Kapp said after the match.

“It was strange to meet my wife in the final. She knows me so well.”

After Matildas attracted a record crowd of over 36,000 at Stadium Australia earlier in the day, the WBBL final also proved its appeal as the competition lured a record number of fans to an independent match.

Disappointed with the defeat, Adelaide captain Tahlia McGrath enjoyed the chance to play in front of so many spectators and paid credit to the Scorchers.

“We will be back bigger and better next year. They’ve had a great year, beating us three times now,” McGrath said.

“They fully deserve the championship. Thanks to Cricket Australia and everyone behind the scenes – it’s been pretty cool to play in front of 15,000 fans.”

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