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Toss Winner - Perth Scorchers Women won the toss and chose to bowl first
Adelaide Strikers Women will take on Perth Scorchers Women in this all-important clash.
Perth Scorchers Women
Tournament: WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2020 | Format: T20 | Venue: Drummoyne Oval, Sydney | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Adelaide Strikers Women haven’t had the best of starts to the Women’s Big Bash League 2020. Last year’s runners-up have played 3 games so far in the tournament and have managed just one victory while losing two matches. They are 6th on the points table currently and will be facing off against Perth Scorchers Women in their next clash on the 1st of November at the Drummoyne Oval, Sydney. The Scorchers, meanwhile, find themselves in the 4th place of the table after 3 games. They have won one game, and lost one, while one of their matches was abandoned.
This clash will be important as both sides will be looking to make their way up the ladder and get some winning momentum under their belt. It will be interesting to see who blinks first between Sophie Devine and Megan Schutt.
Adelaide Strikers have a solid team and had started the tournament as one of the sides to beat. However, things don’t look too pretty for them after 3 matches in. In their last match against Sydney Thunder Women, they were thumped by 58 runs while chasing a huge target of 191. It was a poor bowling and batting effort from the strikers and they would really need to buckle up for the next encounter.
In the previous game, despite so many bowling options, Adelaide conceded too many runs. Barring captain Schutt, Sarah Coyte, and Darcie Brown, the others were pretty wayward and had no answers to Sydney Thunder’s batting. The onus will again be on these three to deliver the goods. Coyte, who had figures of 3-32, can be expected to be amongst the wickets again. Stafanie Taylor was expensive in the last match and would like to put up a better show.
On the batting front, Adelaide has plenty of options in the form of Tahlia McGrath, Laura Wolvaardt, Bridget Patterson, and Stafanie Taylor who could all, on their day, take the game away from the opposition. It’s just about hitting form at the right time.
Tahlia McGrath, Laura Wolvaardt, Madeline Penna, Bridget Patterson, Stafanie Taylor, Katie Mack, Sarah Coyte, Tegan McPharlin (wk), Amanda Wellington, Megan Schutt (c), Darcie Brown
Perth Scorchers Women would be high on confidence after securing a win in their last match against Melbourne Renegades Women. On a slow pitch, they managed to restrict the opposition to just 105 runs and went on to win the match by 18 runs (DLS Method). Bowling is clearly the strength of Perth and given how vulnerable Adelaide Strikers have been at present, they have a good chance of restricting them too.
Nicole Bolton, who produced a sensational spell of 3-13 in the last match, would be leading the way again. Captain Sophie Devine, Taneale Peschel, Sarah Glenn, and Heather Graham are all in a good rhythm and if the pitch turns out to be a little slow, they should flourish.
Sophie Devine is also in good form with the bat and was unbeaten with a fine 31 in the last game. She and Beth Mooney make for a great opening pair and these two could be the game-changers for Perth in this match and the tournament. With Amy Ellen Jones, Nicole Bolton, Heather Graham, and Chloe Piparo to follow, the Scorchers have a formidable batting unit indeed. Graham and Piparo, especially, could prove to be destructive finishers.
Sophie Devine (c), Beth Mooney (wk), Amy Ellen Jones, Nicole Bolton, Heather Graham, Chloe Piparo, Sarah Glenn, Megan Banting, Jemma Barsby, Piepa Cleary, Taneale Peschel
The pitch at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney has proven to be a slow that assists the seam bowlers and where batting isn’t easy at all. Slower bowlers should find some grip here and the ball isn’t likely to come to the bat that easily.
The weather forecast for the game, unfortunately, isn’t great again with 80% chances of showers. Expect another curtailed match.
In the last game, the team batting first here could only muster 105 in their 20 overs. The team batting second too had a run rate of under 7. Expect another low-scoring encounter where batsmen will find it difficult to get going and slower bowlers will rule.
The team winning the toss would be looking to chase. With rain on the radar and the pitch being slow, chasing has been ideal for this venue.
In the last 5 games between Adelaide Strikers Women and Perth Scorchers Women, Adelaide has registered three wins while losing two matches. This season, though, the Strikers haven’t begun on a strong note and the Scorchers are in a better position. That being said, Adelaide still has a good and well-balanced team and all they need is one good win to get back on track. Perth Scorchers will be confident of getting another win under their belt and their side looks to be in good shape right now.
We can expect Adelaide to strike back hard but Perth looks like the more balanced team between the two at the moment. They have got all bases covered and their bowling, especially, will be more than a handful on this pitch. Thus, expect Perth Scorchers Women to secure another win.
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