Adelaide Strikers bowler Megan Schutt has left the cricket world in awe after sealing an incredible piece of history in a never-before-seen moment in the WBBL.
Schutt became the first player in the history of the women's domestic Twenty20 tournament in Australia to take six wickets in an innings, finishing with best-ever figures in a 26-run win over Sydney Thunder.
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The Adelaide bowler recorded the astonishing figures of 6-19 to steal the spotlight from Australia and Thunder great Rachael Haynes, who was playing in her farewell match.
Haynes was dismissed for six in her last WBBL game and the Thunder were bowled out for 118 in reply to Adelaide's 4-144 from 20 overs.
Schutt was on a hat-trick as she snared three wickets in the 16th over to end the Thunder's hopes of sending off Haynes with a win, before finishing off the match with consecutive wickets in the 20th over.
The extraordinary six-wicket haul saw her beat the previous record held by Strikers’ teammate Amanda-Jade Wellington, who twice finished with figures of 5-8.
Unsurprisingly, Schutt's historic feat left cricket fans gobsmacked on social media, where tributes to the Adelaide bowler came pouring in.
Relive @megan_schutt's stellar performance yesterday which rocketed her up to the top of the BKT Golden Arm standings AND secured her a spot in the #WBBL08 Team of the Tournament 🌟
See the whole team, which also features Wello: https://t.co/7sxuZ6NQDH #StrikeShow pic.twitter.com/djONxtxeyy
— Adelaide Strikers (@StrikersBBL) November 21, 2022
Still the best bowler in the game in my opinion. Her variation is a class above 🏏
— Billy Anderson (@BillyAn98137944) November 20, 2022
— Gargi Raut (@gargiraut15) November 20, 2022
— Silvio Marinelli (@SilvioMarinelli) November 20, 2022
— @HERWAY@aus.social (@HerwayMagazine) November 20, 2022
Reigning WBBL champions Perth miss finals
Adelaide's win helped them book a spot in Thursday night's Challenger final at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide, where they will host the winner of the previous day's Eliminator between Brisbane and Hobart at the same venue.
The winner of the Challenger plays top side the Sydney Sixers next Saturday night at North Sydney Oval, where the Strikers beat the Thunder.
Reigning WBBL champions Perth will miss the finals after losing to the Melbourne Renegades on a dramatic last day of the regular season.
Heavy showers overnight in the Gippsland region of Victoria meant the Scorchers had to defend 56 runs off their eight overs in Moe.
That looked momentarily like it might have been enough after a shaky start left the Renegades reeling at 4-15, before an unbeaten 34 off 18 balls from Erica Kershaw helped guide the Melbourne side home with three balls to spare.
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