Sydney Thunder Women’s battle to end semifinal jinx
Brisbane Heat Women to win
|Melbourne Stars Women||14||8||3||0||0||19||1.216|
|Brisbane Heat Women||14||8||4||0||1||18||0.543|
|Sydney Thunder Women||14||7||5||0||0||16||0.344|
|Perth Scorchers Women||14||6||6||0||0||14||0.355|
|Sydney Sixers Women||14||6||6||0||0||14||-0.071|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||14||6||7||0||0||13||0.135|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||14||4||8||0||1||10||-1.008|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||14||3||9||0||0||8||-1.143|
The league games are done and defending champions Brisbane Heat Women would be taking on Sydney Thunder Women in the 2nd semi-final of the tournament. The two sides come here looking in great form. Brisbane Heat has won the last seven games in a row while Sydney Thunder Women have been undefeated in their last four games. Sydney Thunder haven’t made it to the finals in the last four seasons and shall be looking to break the jinx while the girls from Brisbane shall be looking to make it to their third final in three years.
In the league stage the two sides had won a game each and over the years have enjoyed good rivalry. Heat has been slightly ahead of Thunder winning the last four out of six games between the two sides. It is expected to be a good contest with Sydney Thunder Women having a very strong batting line-up and Brisbane Heat the best bowling attack in the tournament. There would be pressure on both the sides in this game and we expect it to be a good contest.
Jess Jonassen’s side has won the last seven games and finished second on the points table. They ended their campaign in the league stage with an easy win against Melbourne Renegades Women. The 43-run win under the DLS method would have provided the side with the much needed momentum before the semifinals. Jonassen would want her girls to continue with the same momentum as they play this game.
Grace Harris and Georgia Redmayne haven’t quite fired in the season and the side would be expecting them to do so at this crucial stage. In Jonassen, Georgia Voll and Amelia Kerr they have in-form batters in the middle order. They will be expecting good hitting from Charli Knott and Laura Kimmince down the order as both these players have done well in earlier games.
It is their bowling attack that has been scripting wins for the side this season. Jess Jonassen and Kerr have bowled tight lines and picked up wickets which will give them lot of confidence. Delissa Kimmince and Georgia Prestwidge did extremely well in the last game and thus add to their strength. In Harris, Nadine de Klerk and Courtney Grace Sippel, the side has good depth in its bowling and they can make life tough for Sydney Thunder batters.
Jess Jonassen (c), Grace Harris, Georgia Redmayne (wk), Georgia Voll, Amelia Kerr, Charli Knott, Laura Kimmince, Nadine de Klerk, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Prestwidge, Courtney Grace Sippel
Grace Harris, Georgia Redmayne, Jess Jonassen, Amelia Kerr, Nicola Hancock, Charli Knott, Georgia Voll, Georgia Prestwidge, Laura Kimmince Harris, Nadine de Klerk, Delissa Kimmince
Rachael Haynes’ side didn’t have the perfect start in the season but they have built the right momentum heading into the semifinals. It was an easy six-wicket win for them against Hobart Hurricanes in the last game. Haynes would now be looking to break the jinx of not having made it to a final since 2015-16.
They have a good opening pair in Tammy Beaumont and Rachel Trenaman and both these players look in good form. Heather Knight has made more than 400 runs this season already and strengthens the middle order with Haynes and Phoebe Litchfield. Sammy-Jo Johnson has played few cameos and she will be expected to do the big hitting along with Tahila Wilson.
Shabnim Ismail is in good form with the ball and so is Samantha Bates. This new ball pair would have to strike early for the side to win here. Hannah Darlington and Sammy-Jo Johnson have also done well and the side will need tight lines from Knight and Lauren Smith in this game.
Rachael Haynes (c), Tammy Beaumont, Rachel Trenaman, Heather Knight, Phoebe Litchfield, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Tahlia Wilson (wk), Hannah Darlington, Lauren Smith, Shabnim Ismail, Samantha Bates
Rachel Trenaman, Lauren Smith, Phoebe Litchfield, Shabnim Ismail, Sam Bates, Hannah Darlington, Sammy Jo Johnson, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Tahlia Wilson, Rachael Haynes
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||27||0 mm.||2.39 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|03h||27||0 mm.||5.81 k/h||From: ENE||0%|
|06h||25||0 mm.||5.66 k/h||From: NE||1%|
|09h||22||0 mm.||1.41 k/h||From: ESE||1%|
|12h||20||0 mm.||9.8 k/h||From: S||35%|
|15h||19||0 mm.||7.66 k/h||From: S||97%|
|18h||18||0 mm.||5.82 k/h||From: S||91%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||4.53 k/h||From: S||91%|
The skies over Sydney would be partly cloudy on November 26 and batting conditions will be good as we have seen in the last few games. Batters would however need to cautious as there would be some movement initially with the new ball. The side batting first would have to target a score above 150 runs to feel safe here.
North Sydney is a small venue but it has a lively pitch that offers good rewards for the fast bowlers. This evens it out between the batters and the bowlers. The short square boundaries offer plenty of hitting opportunities to the batters. Spinners have struggled at this venue as there isn’t great margin of error for them.
The last four games at this venue have seen the side chasing the score win on three occasions. We have seen big scores being chased here as the track doesn’t change it character much. Thus we expect the side winning the toss to opt for bowling first and apply pressure on the opponent.
It will be a high pressure contest given the stakes involved. Both Brisbane Heat Women and Sydney Thunder Women have looked in great form in the last two weeks. Sydney Thunder Women are very strong with their batting but the side has been losing knockout games in the last few seasons. Brisbane Heat on the other hand have won the last two titles and this would be their third consecutive semi-final and give them slight edge over Sydney Thunder.
Brisbane Heat Women to win