An Adelaide Strikers WBBL player hits out to the leg side during a match against the Brisbane Heat.

Adelaide Strikers score six-wicket win over Brisbane Heat to reach WBBL final

The Adelaide Strikers have won their way through to the WBBL final after downing the Brisbane Heat by six wickets in a drama-filled Challenger clash.

In reply to Brisbane’s 8-154 at Adelaide’s Karen Rolton Oval on Thursday night, the Strikers won with two balls to spare after a heroic knock from Bridget Patterson (45 not out off 26 deliveries) and ice-cool composure from Madeline Penna (11 not out).

The result thrusts the Strikers — who lost last season’s decider to the Perth Scorchers — into Saturday night’s final against the ladder-topping Sixers in Sydney.

The Heat only had themselves to blame for the loss to the Strikers, dropping three catches in the field and missing a stock-standard stumping chance.

Courtney Sippel dropped Laura Wolvaardt (47 off 45 balls) in the deep twice when the batter was on 17 and 21.

Reserve wicketkeeper Ellie Johnston fumbled a stumping chance when Wolvaardt was on 45.

Patterson was on just 17 when she was grassed by Amelia Kerr.

The sloppy fielding came amid a bizarre incident, with star Heat wicketkeeper Georgia Redmayne appearing to sustain a lower-leg injury while celebrating a wicket.

After taking a catch to remove the dangerous Deandra Dottin for 39, Redmayne took off to celebrate with her teammates but immediately crumpled to the turf.

A confused Redmayne realised the pain had been caused by either her Achilles or calf tearing, before limping off the field.

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