Defending champions Brisbane Heat Women have fared poorly so far this season.
We back Sydney Thunder women to be the winners of this match.
|Melbourne Stars Women||8||5||0||0||0||13||1.458|
|Sydney Thunder Women||7||4||1||0||0||10||1.118|
|Sydney Sixers Women||7||4||1||0||0||10||0.475|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||8||3||4||0||0||7||1.118|
|Perth Scorchers Women||7||2||3||0||0||6||-0.322|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||8||2||4||0||0||6||-0.397|
|Brisbane Heat Women||7||1||4||0||1||4||-0.666|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||8||1||5||0||1||4||-1.085|
Who would have thought that last year’s champions of the Women’s Big Bash League would be languishing at the bottom of the table this season? But that is the case with Brisbane Heat Women. Halfway through the tournament they have managed just one win and have suffered 4 losses. It will take something special now for them to move up from the 7th position and make their way into the top four. Their next match against Sydney Thunder Women will only make things more difficult for them. Sydney has been one of the best sides this season and has already beaten Brisbane once in this season. They are at the No.2 position and have a chance to reclaim the top spot with this match. Given their recent form, that shouldn’t be too difficult.
Brisbane Heat Women have now suffered 4 losses in a row. They had started the season with a solid win against Perth Scorchers Women but have slipped drastically ever since. They are coming off a 23-run loss against Melbourne Stars Women where once again their middle and lower order failed to perform. While chasing a target of 178, the openers started well, but then the others couldn’t offer any support. Grace Harris was excellent in her role as an opener and struck a superb 81. Georgia Redmayne has been in good touch too and her 65 against Adelaide Strikers showed that. The onus will now need to be taken by the likes of captain Jess Jonassen, Maddy Green, Laura Harris, and Amelia Kerr.
Brisbane has also been poor with the ball and has been leaking runs regularly. Jess Jonassen would have to lead the bowling pack from the front but Nicola Hancock, Georgia Prestwidge, and Courtney Sippel must do a lot better now. Amelia Kerr picked up 3 wickets in the last match and has been doing a fine job so far. However, the Brisbane bowlers have to complement each other well if they hope to take down Sydney Thunder’s batting.
Grace Harris, Georgia Redmayne (wk), Jess Jonassen (c), Maddy Green, Laura Harris, Amelia Kerr, Nadine de Klerk, Georgia Voll, Georgia Prestwidge, Courtney Grace Sippel, Nicola Hancock
Grace Harris, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Redmayne, Jess Jonassen, Maddy Green, Amelia Kerr, Charli Knott, Georgia Voll, Georgia Prestwidge, Nadine de Klerk, Laura Harris
Sydney Thunder Women would be quite pleased with the way their campaign has progressed so far. 4 wins and 1 loss in 7 games has seen them being at the 2nd position and they would be eager to continue that form. After that freak loss against Melbourne Renegades Women by 2 runs, Sydney came back to eke out a narrow one-run win against Hobart Hurricanes in their last game.
In Tammy Beaumont and Sammy-Jo Johnson, they have two solid top-order players who have been quite dominant with the bat. Heather Knight is a vital cog in their middle-order and along with captain Rachael Haynes, she would be looking to form a crucial partnership for the team. Rachel Trenaman was used as an opener in the last game and fell for a duck. It would be better to keep her as a finisher.
Sydney’s bowling is more than effective to choke the best of oppositions and they should excel on this pitch. Sammy-Jo Johnson and Shabnim Ismail have formed a terrific opening duo. They are not just economical but are also picking up regular wickets. Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington, and Lauren Smith are the other three reliable bowlers who have done a wonderful job in the middle overs. This bowling unit would pose a serious threat to Brisbane Heat as they did the last time these two sides met this season and the confidence from the win will certainly help Sydney Thunder.
Tammy Beaumont, Rachel Trenaman, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Heather Knight, Rachael Haynes (c), Phoebe Litchfield, Tahlia Wilson (wk), Hannah Darlington, Lauren Smith, Shabnim Ismail, Samantha Bates
Lauren Smith, Phoebe Litchfield, Shabnim Ismail, Hannah Darlington, Sammy Jo Johnson, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Rachel Trenaman, Tahlia Wilson, Sam Bates, Rachael Haynes
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||0 mm.||5.12 k/h||From: NE||20%|
|03h||22||0 mm.||7.1 k/h||From: NE||4%|
|06h||21||0 mm.||8.28 k/h||From: NE||1%|
|09h||19||0 mm.||8.04 k/h||From: NE||10%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||5.9 k/h||From: NNE||16%|
|15h||18||0 mm.||4.67 k/h||From: NNE||10%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||3.67 k/h||From: N||54%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||3.64 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
The pitch at Blacktown International Sportspark has proven to be a good one for batting and bowling both. While batters have made good use of the initial few overs, slower bowers have found good purchase from the surface too and have managed to throttle batters. The pitch should again remain true throughout the course of the game.
The weather forecast for the day of the match is sunny. We should hence have a full game.
The highest total at the Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney this season has been 159-3 by Melbourne Stars Women while chasing a target of 155. With the weather for this expected to be sunny and clear, the pitch should be nice and hard and the team batting first should get a chance to post a total in the range of 150-160 which should be a match-winning one.
The team winning the toss is likely to bat first. With the change in weather, batting first is proving to be more beneficial now.
Had this game been taking place last season, Brisbane Heat Women would have started off as favorites. However, a lot has changed within just 12 months. The two sides had already clashed once this season where Sydney Thunder, after posting 80-3 in 12.1 overs in a rain-curtailed game, managed to restrict Brisbane to 30-7 in 5 overs and clinched the match by 14 runs (DLS method). They are likely to continue that form as Sydney is too strong at the moment and Brisbane is struggling to get their act together as a team. Expect Sydney Thunder to dominate this game.
We back Sydney Thunder women to be the winners of this match.