Devine hits com­petion for six with top award

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - SCOTT BAI­LEY (AAP) WBBL

SO­PHIE Devine can add the crown of Women’s Big Bash League player of the year to go with the ti­tle of be­ing the tour­na­ment’s best ever six-hit­ter.

Devine whacked a record 27 sixes this sum­mer to help take the Strik­ers to the fi­nals — the most in one sea­son ever in ei­ther the men’s and women’s BBL.

The Kiwi all-rounder was a clear choice for the prize, af­ter a dom­i­nant all-round sea­son with bat and ball headed into Satur­day’s semi-fi­nal against Perth and Sun­day’s de­cider.

When Ell­yse Perry scored 777 runs and took 10 wick­ets for the Syd­ney Six­ers last year, many ques­tioned if the com­pe­ti­tion would ever see an­other run like it. Devine has almost top­pled that in just the next sea­son, head­lined by her five sixes in one over against the Mel­bourne Stars.

The 30-year-old has topped the run-scor­ing charts with 699 runs at 77.76, while also sit­ting sixth on the bowl­ing charts with 16 wick­ets.

“The beauty of these com­pe­ti­tion is it’s quite con­densed and when you get on a roll it’s easy to stay on a roll,” Devine said. “But the stats and what­ever else don’t mean much if I don’t help this team win a tro­phy. That has al­ways been a goal right from the very start.

“I want to see this club win cham­pi­onships.

“I can score as many runs or take as many wick­ets, but if we’re not win­ning ti­tles then what does it re­ally matter?”

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