The bottom two sides of WBBL 2020 will collide and hope to climb up the ladder.
We are backing the Melbourne Renegades Women for a win.
|Sydney Thunder Women||4||2||0||0||0||6||1.914|
|Sydney Sixers Women||4||2||0||0||0||6||1.62|
|Melbourne Stars Women||4||1||0||0||0||5||0|
|Brisbane Heat Women||4||1||1||0||1||4||0.415|
|Perth Scorchers Women||4||1||1||0||0||4||-0.131|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||5||1||2||0||0||4||-0.762|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||4||1||2||0||0||3||-0.479|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||5||0||3||0||1||2||-2.364|
The ongoing season of the Women’s Big Bash League 2020 has seen many matches being affected by rain. This has hampered the chances of many teams while also affected their momentum. Currently, one can’t say which are the teams who are in red hot form but two of them appear to have certainly slipped pretty badly - Hobart Hurricanes Women and Melbourne Renegades Women. Both of them are at the bottom of the points table at present and would need to really get a few wins under their belt to make their way up the ladder.
It will hence be interesting to see what happens when Hobart Hurricanes Women and Melbourne Renegades Women clash on the 3rd of November at the Blacktown International Sportspark. Both the teams haven’t won a single game so far and would be desperate for victory. This might well give us a fascinating contest.
Hobart Hurricanes have a lot to sort out. They finished 7th in the last season and were hoping to kick-off the new season with a bang. However, as things have turned out, Hobart finds themselves in the 7th position again after 3 matches, 2 losses, and no wins. In their last game, they were shot out for just 89 by Melbourne Stars Women and lost the encounter by 8 wickets. It was a horrible batting display where the highest score was 26 by Nicola Carey. The likes of Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Priest, Hayley Matthews, and skipper Corinne Hall have to put up a much better show if the team harbors any hopes of making it to the final four this time.
On the bowling front, Hobart has enough choices but the problem is none of them are having a significant impact. Belinda Vakarewa, Hayley Matthews, and Brooke Hepburn are expected to be the leaders of the pack but haven’t really found their ideal rhythm. The onus will again fall on the underrated Nicola Carey who has been doing a fine job with both the bat and the ball. She is likely to be the impact performer for the Hurricanes in this game.
Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Priest (wk), Hayley Matthews, Nicola Carey, Chloe Tryon, Corinne Hall (c), Sasha Moloney, Erica Kershaw, Amy Smith, Brooke Hepburn, Belinda Vakarewa
Melbourne Renegades will be disappointed with their performance in this season so far. They have lost 2 of their 4 games and without a single victory under their kitty, they find themselves right at the bottom of the table. They started the season with a loss against Brisbane Heat Women and suffered another loss by 8 wickets (DLS method) against Sydney Sixers Women in their previous game. Winning against the Sixers was always going to be difficult but Melbourne couldn’t even put up a fight – they could manage only a paltry 119-7 in their 18 overs and the opposition chased down the target in just 13.1 overs. Last season, the Renegades had ended at the 4th position but these performances certainly don’t reflect that.
The Renegades will take heart from the fact that Georgia Wareham is in good touch a scored a fluent 54 in the last match. However, the likes of Lizelle Lee, Sophie Molineux, Erin Fazackerley, and captain Amy Satterthwaite have underperformed so far. Courtney Webb too would need to do better than just attractive cameos. Their bowling was spanked all over the place in the last match and Sophie Molineux, along with Maitlan Brown and Courtney Neale would need to deliver now. Georgia Wareham shined with the ball too in the last game, picking up 2 wickets, and maybe it’s time to give her more responsibility as a bowler.
Sophie Molineux, Lizelle Lee (wk), Erin Fazackerley, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Courtney Webb, Georgia Wareham, Maitlan Brown, Molly Strano, Makinley Blows, Carly Leeson, Courtney Neale
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0 mm.||2.25 k/h||From: SE||36%|
|03h||20||0 mm.||3.87 k/h||From: E||5%|
|06h||19||0 mm.||4.26 k/h||From: ENE||1%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||4.05 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|12h||16||0 mm.||3.42 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|15h||15||0 mm.||3.12 k/h||From: N||0%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||3.57 k/h||From: N||0%|
|21h||16||0 mm.||3.24 k/h||From: NNW||8%|
The pitch at Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney is expected to be a good one for both the batters and the bowlers. Initially, the bat should come on to the bat while seam bowlers will also find some purchase. If the weather stays good, the pitch should remain even throughout the contest.
Thankfully, the weather forecast has improved for the next week and there’s no rain expected on the day of the match. While the skies will be partly cloudy, we can expect a full game.
This will be the first match of the season to be played at the Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney. Given the way the matches have gone so far in Sydney, we can expect something similar here too. It is unlikely to be a batting paradise but batters should generally have a good time here.
The team winning the toss should look to bowl first. As we have seen in this season so far, rain has affected so many matches, and batting second would always be ideal in case they are chasing a small target.
In recent times, Melbourne Renegades Women have got the better of Hobart Hurricanes Women quite consistently. In fact, in the last 5 matches between these two sides, the Renegades have won four times. They have been the better side overall, despite their sloppy show this season, and should dominate the Hurricanes in this game too. Hobart might give a good fight but one feels that this might be the game that will see Melbourne Renegades firing on all cylinders and get them back into form.
We are backing the Melbourne Renegades Women for a win.