The Adelaide Strikers have virtually sealed a WBBL finals berth after notching a gripping two-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena.
Requiring five to win or four to force a super over off the last ball and reel in the Strikers' 3-143, Hurricanes No.9 Tayla Vlaeminck could only manage to work death-over specialist Sarah Coyte to deep midwicket for two, leaving the home side just short at 7-141.
That the 'Canes got so close was due to South African powerhouse Chloe Tryon who cracked two sixes in her undefeated 44 off 22 balls.
With the asking rate pushing past 10-an-over, Tryon launched a savage counterattack but was left disappointed when she jogged a single off the penultimate ball instead of sprinting for two, which meant Vlaeminck was on strike to Coyte for the final salvo.
Captain Corrine Hall (25), Heather Knight (22) and Nicola Carey (22) all made solid contributions after the Hurricanes lost both openers in the powerplay while legspinner Amanda Wellington (3-23) was easily Adelaide's best bowler.
Earlier, Strikers captain Suzie Bates played her best knock of the season with a classy 64 off 54 deliveries to earn player-of-the-match honours.
Bates was the early aggressor in her 85-run opening-wicket stand with fellow New Zealander Sophie Devine.
Chasing her sixth straight 50, Devine uncharacteristically battled for timing and when she was castled by Belinda Vakarewa for 31, it was the gun Adelaide opener had scored 255 runs since previously being dismissed.
Tahlia McGrath chimed in with 22 not out for the Strikers who, after being 0-76 at the halfway stage, were well pegged back in the last 10 overs.
But with their strong bowling attack again getting the job done, it will now take something extraordinary for Adelaide to miss the finals.
Australian Associated Press