Scorchers to attract huge WBBL final crowd

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The Perth Scorchers have set themselves the ambitious target of attracting more than 42,000 fans to Saturday's WBBL final at Optus Stadium, and captain Sophie Devine hopes she'll be facing off against the Adelaide Strikers.

Devine starred for the Strikers before jumping ship to the Scorchers ahead of last season.

The 32-year-old plundered 407 runs at 33.91 this season and also took nine wickets with the ball to help the Scorchers secure top spot and direct entry into the decider.

Fourth-placed Adelaide will have to beat the Brisbane Heat in 'The Eliminator' on Wednesday before defeating the second-placed Melbourne Renegades in 'The Challenger' on Thursday in order to reach the final.

"I think it would be nice, I guess symbolic to face the Strikers in the final," Devine said on Monday.

"I probably have a little bit of bias to want to see a blue versus orange final, but we'll see what happens."

A huge crowd is expected to turn up at the 60,000-seat Optus Stadium to watch the decider on Saturday.

A bustling crowd of 41,975 fans attended Fremantle's AFLW clash with Collingwood at Optus Stadium in 2018 in what was a record crowd for a women's game of Australian rules football.

WA Cricket chief executive Christina Matthews wants to eclipse that mark.

"We're doing a whole week of promotion to break the record that the Fremantle Dockers women's team set here," Matthews said.

"Tickets are $10, kids are free, concession is $5.

"We've had really good crowds at Lilac Hill and the WACA Ground. Now's the chance to watch it in the best stadium in the country."

Both the Heat and the Renegades have every right to feel hard done by given they must play their respective 'home' finals in Adelaide due to border restrictions.

But Heat captain Jess Jonassen doesn't feel her team have been shafted.

"No not at all. It's one of those things with the borders and COVID restrictions," Jonassen said.

"Adelaide Oval is a beautiful part of the world to play cricket in.

"Everybody's grown up watching a lot of the men's games on TV in some of these iconic venues such as Adelaide Oval.

"It's probably a good thing for us that we will be playing against the Strikers, so there will be a really good atmosphere.

"You can use that to your advantage if you are the away side or not the favourite .... you can use it to fuel that drive to want to come out on top."

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