Marizanne Kapp, who had been battling illness in the lead-up to the final, produced an all-round performance to help Perth Scorchers win their first WBBL title, defeating Adelaide Strikers by 12 runs. The South African international, whose husband Dane van Niekerk was playing for the Strikers, hit 31 runs off 23 balls to take the Scorchers above the 140-run barrier before conceding just two runs in two powerplay overs to set the stage for her team’s victory. Perth openers Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney got off to a poor start against Megan Schutt and Darcie Brown’s pace attack but took advantage of a loose over from the latter to conclude the powerplay on 37 for 0. Mooney, on the other hand, left after only 10 balls, plucking out Amanda-Jade Wellington for 19 off 24 balls.

After drinks, Devine followed four balls, a direct hit from van Niekerk striking the New Zealand captain short of her crease, before Chloe Piparo, fresh after hitting Brown for back-to-back fours, slipped the ball through to Tegan McPharlin, leaving the Scorchers at 75 for three. The loss of their big guns, however, had little effect on Perth’s scoring, with Heather Graham and Marizanne Kapp adding 41 runs off 32 balls for the fourth wicket, and Alana King, batting at number seven, scoring 14 runs off just five deliveries – including two boundaries off the final three balls – as the home side finished on 146 for 5. Adelaide’s bowlers were led by Schutt, who took 1 for 19 in four overs.

In the powerplay, the Scorchers continued to dominate with the ball, bowling 28 dot balls and picking up two wickets to drop the Strikers to 16 for 2. As the opener struggled to break free, Devine struck first, eliminating Katie Mack (caught King) for six in the fifth over, before Taneale Peschel struck six balls later to send van Niekerk (caught Mooney) back to the dressing room. The hand of Lisa Griffith prevented Mooney from running out Tahlia McGrath on six in the eighth over, and it nearly proved to be a costly error as the Adelaide skipper produced a 65-run third-wicket stand with Laura Wolvaardt.

Fortunately for Griffith, Peschel’s reintroduction in the 14th over ended the partnership, with McGrath taking out Piparo at the point for a well-made 36. (29 balls). She then took a catch to dismiss Wolvaardt (bowled Graham) for 25 runs, completing her redemption and leaving Adelaide 66 runs short of victory with 34 balls remaining. Maddie Penna hauled the Strikers back into contention by dismissing Kapp for a six and four in an expensive 17-run 17th over, but the South African also took the wicket of Bridget Patterson (caught Lilly Mills) to conclude the match with 1 for 25.

Graham removed Wellington for four (caught Devine) in the penultimate over to all but win the victory for the Scorchers after another tidy performance from King. Penna top-edged Peschel’s second delivery for four runs with 22 runs needed from the final six balls, but he had no more boundaries in the tank, finishing undefeated on 30 off 21 balls as Adelaide fell 13 runs short of victory.