“I was just a bit nervous. After wickets started to fall, I was like, I’m the one that is actually there to hit the big ones, so say to myself, I have to stay to the end no matter what in order for us to get a competitive total on the board,” she said. “I got those two no-balls, finally I got some luck. So it was good for me to finally capitalise on it.
“I’ll rate [the innings] very high, probably in the top five. For me to stay to the end and get that 140-something on the board to defend, I rate it very high.”
Dottin, who had previously played for Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat, finished this WBBL campaign with 362 runs at 27.84 and a strike rate of 114.19. She made two half-centuries earlier in the tournament when opening the batting, but was then moved to No. 4 as part of a team restructuring heading towards the latter stages of the regular season.
“It’s never easy joining a new team and she was certainly pretty quiet at the start – I’d be the exact same – but she’s certainly come out of her shell,” McGrath said. “She’s been a massive part of our team. She said to me today at the ten-over mark how nervous she was – the cool, calm, collected World Boss was nervous! – so she stepped up today and was amazing for us.
“When the pressure is on, you want your big players to stand up and that’s what she did today. You can’t ask for any more than that. She’s chipped away all season for us. It was hard when we asked her to go from opening to four for the team but, wow, she’s turned it around.”