By Peter Argent
By winning the final three games of the WBBL|07 regular season in Adelaide, the Perth Scorchers cemented their position at the top of the table.
Sam Betts and her Scorchers team mates now have direct entry to the WBBL|07 Grand Final and are strong favourites for the franchises’ first title.
The Grand Final will be played at the Scorchers home venue, Optus Stadium in Perth, this Saturday night, November 27, while the “The Eliminator” Final is between Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat is at Adelaide Oval tonight (Wednesday, November 24).
The winner of that game, takes on the second placed Melbourne Renegades for a place in the final, in what has been named “The Challenger” Final.
“We congratulate the Perth Scorchers, Melbourne Renegades, Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers on qualifying for the Weber WBBL|07 Finals,” Alistair Dobson, Cricket Australia’s General Manager of Big Bash Leagues said
“The Finals series features the best of the best and we know our players will put on a great show for our fans at the Adelaide Oval and Optus Stadium, plus all those watching in prime time.
“We want to thank the Melbourne Renegades and their fans for their understanding around being unable to play Finals matches in Victoria due to state border restrictions.
They, along with the Melbourne Stars, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder have spent the entire season on the road following a quarantine period to begin the campaign. We thank them, along with all players, staff and match officials across the competition, for their commitment to the Weber WBBL.
“We look forward to three great nights of Finals cricket in Adelaide and Perth and crowning the WBBL champions on Saturday night.”
To finish top, the Scorchers defeated the Strikers in the annual Faith Thomas Trophy match on Wednesday, November 17 and then defeated the Melbourne Stars by four wickets in last Saturday’s early game on Adelaide Oval.
Betts has been on the edge of selection all season, playing four games, but being unable to secure a regular position in the starting XI.
She played in Saturdays win over the Stars, sending down two overs at a cost of 24 runs.
Her best figures this season has been back in October, where she collected 1/13 despite the teams 59 run loss to the Brisbane Heat at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
Perth Scorchers Women won their final game against the Sydney Sixers by eight wickets on Sunday, to ensure top sport.
Across the six years of WBBL, the Perth Scorchers have played in two finals in 2016-17 (WBBL|07) and 2017-18 (WBBL|03), losing both to the Sydney Sixers.