Amanda-Jade Wellington left the cricket world in awe on Wednesday night when she became the first player to take five wickets in a WBBL finals match and recorded the best figures the tournament has ever seen.
The Adelaide Strikers spinner produced the best bowling display in WBBL history to help lift her side to a crushing eight-wicket victory over the Brisbane Heat in 'The Eliminator'.
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Wellington took an extraordinary 5-8 from her four overs as the Heat slumped to 7-52 in the 12th over at Adelaide Oval.
Only a late cameo from Nicola Hancock (40 off 26 balls) and a brave effort from the injured Nadine de Klerk (18 not out off 25 balls) saved the Heat from complete embarrassment as the two-time champions limped to 8-114.
But it wasn't nearly enough as the Strikers cruised to the victory target with 21 balls to spare.
Playing her 100th WBBL match and pushing for an international recall, Wellington was unplayable at times during her mesmerising spell.
The 24-year-old's first victim was star opener Grace Harris, who charged down the wicket and was subsequently stumped after being deceived by the flight and spin.
Mikayla Hinkley fell two balls later when she edged a sharp-turning delivery to slip, and Jessica Jonassen was bowled by Wellington in the ninth over.
Wellington was on a hat-trick in the 11th over after snaring Laura Kimmince and Georgia Voll in consecutive deliveries.
De Klerk was able to keep out the hat-trick delivery, but it was far from convincing after the ball fizzed sharply to hit the shoulder of her bat.
Cricket world in awe of Amanda-Jade Wellington display
Wellington's bowling figures beat out the previous WBBL best of 5-15 by Molly Strano while playing for the Renegades at the MCG in 2016.
The Strikers star credited her break from the game last year in helping her refresh and adopt a new mindset.
"I haven't had that much trust in myself in a while and to see it pay off was really good," said Wellington, who once snared 7-20 in an under-18s 50-over game against NSW.
"My whole mindset and approach to the game has changed since my break.
"I think I'm in a really good space at the moment and my performances have shown that."
Heat captain Jess Jonassen said her team fell well short of the 150-run total they had aimed to get.
"We just didn't have the answers that were required," Jonassen said.
"The wicket was on the slower side. We didn't adapt quick enough.
"She (Wellington) bowled really well to the conditions.
"But in saying that we could have potentially been a bit more proactive (by making sure that) whenever we came down the wicket we went to the line of the ball a bit better."
Fans were left in awe of Wellington's masterful display.
A masterclass of spin from Amanda-Jade Wellington (5/8) leads the Strikers to victory and puts her right back into national squad discussions.
“If it happens it happens.. I’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t but if it comes I’ll take it with two hands”@abcsport @StrikersWBBL pic.twitter.com/cSO693fu0o
— Aaron Bryans (@AaronBryans) November 24, 2021
Amanda-Jade Wellington was simply 🍌🍌🍌last night. 5/8 (4.0) in a playoff game?!? That was just sick #WBBL07
— tim osborn (@cougartim) November 24, 2021
— Eashan Ghosh (@eashanghosh) November 24, 2021
Blooming MARVELLOUS 💖💖
— STEVE FISCHER (@STEVEFI14205588) November 24, 2021
Absolutely GREAT BOWLING. 👌👌
— Michael Phillips (@Michael54040786) November 24, 2021
— Johnny (@JohnnySar77) November 24, 2021
— Sami 😷💉🧼🤲🏻 (@AllForBelieving) November 24, 2021
Amanda-Jade Wellington 😱😱 Just wow!!
The best figures in @WBBL history. The first player this season to take a 5fa.
Would you like to see her make a return to the @AusWomenCricket for the Ashes?
📻 Tune into The Eliminator: https://t.co/oJCu30WKJN #WBBL07 pic.twitter.com/y0BI2KhJya
— ABC SPORT (@abcsport) November 24, 2021
Best bowling figures in WBBL history:
5-8 off four overs: Amanda-Jade Wellington (Strikers) at Adelaide Oval, 2021
5-15 off four overs: Molly Strano (Renegades) at MCG in 2016
5-17 off four overs: Amy Satterthwaite (Hurricanes) at Bellerive Oval 2017
5-19 off 3.5 overs Hayley Matthews (Hurricanes) at Bellerive Oval in 2017
5-41 off four overs: Sophie Devine (Strikers) at Adelaide Oval in 2018
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