South Africa all-rounder Marizanne Kapp starred for Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash League final Saturday night in Perth, as the Scorchers won their maiden WBBL title by defeating Adelaide Strikers by 12 runs.
Marizanne Kapp returned with bowling figures of 1-25 while defending 146 after scoring an unbeaten 23-ball 31.
There was also a much-awaited contest in the game between Marizanne Kapp and her wife, Dane Van Niekerk, who is the opener for Adelaide Strikers. Niekerk faced her partner in the first and third over, which turned out to be a brilliant maiden over from Marizanne Kapp as the latter won the bragging rights between the two.
Marizanne Kapp slams social media users who abused Dane Van Niekerk
On Sunday, Marizanne Kapp shared a couple of screenshots of some messages that Instagram users had sent to Van Niekerk. While the first criticized the opener’s cricketing skills, the other contained vulgar and lewd texts.
While sharing those online, the premier South African pacer termed it as “shocking” and asked the abusers to “Leave my wife alone!”
Strikers captain Tahlia McGrath won the toss and elected to field in the final. Opener Sophie Devine top-scored for Scorchers with a 33-ball 35. Beth Mooney and Chloe Piparo got starts but couldn’t carry on. Heather Graham scored 23 off 20 balls, and Marizanne Kapp remained unbeaten with a 23-ball 31 as Scorchers finished with 146 in 20 overs.
Strikers lost openers Katie Mack and Dane van Niekerk for just 12 runs. Laura Wolvaardt and skipper Tahlia McGrath forged a 65-run stand to resurrect the innings with scores of 25 and 36, respectively, but both fell in successive overs. Madeline Penna whacked 30 off 21 balls, but it was too late by then. Taneale Peschel and Heather Graham bagged two wickets each.