Adelaide Strikers look to bridge the gap with Brisbane Heat by going past Hobart Hurricanes!
Adelaide Strikers Women to win!
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It will be two matches in two days at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart as the hosts get ready to face 2nd placed Adelaide Strikers in Match 44 of the Women's Big Bash League. Although Hobart Hurricanes lost by a slender 7-run margin against table-toppers Brisbane Heat, they will take confidence from the fact that the last two games have been much better when compared to the rest of the season.
On Friday, Brisbane Heat posted an impressive 157 on the board after an impressive 43-run knock from Grace Harris and other useful contributions from Jess Jonassen, Laura Harris and Amelia Kerr. In return, Erin Fazackerley and Fran Wilson got Hurricanes’ off to a fantastic start but young leggie Amelia Kerr pulled the match in Heat's favor as the hosts fell short by just 7 runs in the end.
On the other hand, Adelaide Strikers haven’t had such a stutter and are coming on the back of three consecutive wins. On Wednesday, a miserly bowling effort was followed by a steady fifty from Sophie Devine as the Strikers registered their 7th win this season.
If there is any chance of Hobart Hurricanes beating Adelaide Strikers, Belinda Vakarewa and Maisy Gibson will need to up their game. While the leggie Gibson has snapped up 12 wickets, Vakarewa has been in sensational form. Even though it is good to have bowlers as the team’s stand-out players, it also reflects the poor returns from the Hobart Hurricanes batswomen.
All-rounder Nicola Carey scored an important fifty against Sydney Sixers but her overall run-scoring has been patchy. The same can be said about Hurricanes' best batter Heather Knight with her averaging only 24.88 till now. Chloe Tryon who has been a rare bright spark has still not been utilized in a proper way. Hurricanes might not have much of a chance for semi-final qualification but they would want to right some of the wrongs in the remaining few matches.
Erin Fazackerley, Fran Wilson, Heather Knight, Nicola Carey, Corinne Hall (C), Sasha Moloney, Chloe Tryon, Maisy Gibson, Tayla Vlaeminck, Emma Manix-Geeves (WK), Belinda Vakarewa.
Heather Knight, Corinne Hall, Chloe Tryon, Maisy Gibson, Erin Fazackerley, Emma Manix-Geeves, Belinda Vakarewa, Fran Wilson, Tayla Vlaeminck, Sasha Moloney, Nicola Carey
As usual, Kiwi superstar Sophie Devine headlines the Adelaide Strikers outfit. She deserved every bit of that spotlight too after putting in yet another 'Player of the Match' effort against Sydney Thunder. Against Thunder, Devine continued to show that her batting isn’t just limited to belligerent strokeplay on a North Dalton Park pitch that had all the other batters struggling throughout the game.
On such a bowling friendly pitch, the onus was on the Strikers bowling attack to deliver as they have done throughout the season. With Megan Schutt strangling the opponent batters at one end, her team-mates picked up wickets, on the other hand, to make life very difficult for the Thunder batswomen. This game also reflected Adelaide Strikers' theme and pattern of play that has been consistent over the season. The bowling attack which has a lot of variety has never let down the team while Devine has been scoring runs in every match. Until now, Devine has 474 runs in 10 matches this season while also leading the bowling charts with 14 wickets.
Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates (C), Tahlia McGrath, Bridget Patterson, Lauren Winfield, Katie Mack, Tegan McPharlin (WK), Amanda Jade-Wellington, Sarah Coyte, Alex Price, Megan Schutt.
Megan Schutt, Alex Price, Sophie Devine, Tegan McPharlin, Lauren Winfield, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath, Suzie Bates, Bridget Patterson, Sarah Coyte, Amanda Jade Wellington
The Bellerive Oval which is also known as the Blundstone Arena has historically been a high-scoring ground. On Friday, the pitch for the game between Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat had a decent covering of grass but it was still pretty good to bat on. Further, Amelia Kerr, the leg-spinner got a fair bit of turn from the wicket. Meanwhile, the weather on Saturday is expected to be cloudy while there is a 50 % chance for light showers. However, the good news is that rain has only been predicted for the morning and afternoon hours.
Seven years ago, it was at this ground that Virat Kohli made a name for himself with his scintillating 133-run knock against Sri Lanka. The Bellerive Oval is not a popular venue for international cricket these days but it still hosts BBL and WBBL action as the home ground for the Hobart Hurricanes.
Given that this ground has always been a high-scoring venue, chasing should be the preferred choice for both the captains. The pitch also tends to flatten out as time goes on. With already a match being played on it, the surface might be getting far better for batting with each inning.
Although it is Hobart's home ground, we are expecting an Adelaide Strikers victory. The Strikers have a bowling attack that should really should the Bellerive Oval surface. Amanda Jade-Wellington and Megan Schutt with her variations will be the key in this match. It will also be a good opportunity for Suzie Bates to get some valuable runs under her bag.
Adelaide Strikers Women to win!