Devine hits competion for six with top award
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?”