Hosts Hobart Hurricanes take on Sydney Thunder with the hope of getting back to winning ways!
Sydney Thunder to win the match!
|Sydney Thunder Women||5||3||1||0||1||7||-0.389|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||4||3||1||0||0||6||0.879|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||5||2||2||0||1||5||0.327|
|Brisbane Heat Women||4||2||2||0||0||4||0.9|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||5||2||3||0||0||4||-0.29|
|Sydney Sixers Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||-0.392|
|Perth Scorchers Women||4||2||2||0||0||4||-0.48|
|Melbourne Stars Women||4||0||4||0||0||0||-0.296|
Matches do come thick and fast in the Women’s Big Bash League and this aspect will continue on Saturday when four games will be played. Match 19 which will be contested by Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder.
Sydney Thunder has been in great form with three wins on the trot and this will ensure that the team will go into this fixture with a lot of confidence. Historically too, Thunder has been dominant against the Hurricanes with a 6-2 Head-to-Head record. The Sydney-based side has been particularly confident while chasing down totals with wins over Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars.
While things look rosy for the Thunder at this early juncture, last season's wooden-spoon holders Hobart Hurricanes will be aware of the challenge that awaits them. If they endure another loss against the Sydney Thunder, their campaign might derail pretty quickly. For them, consistency in run-scoring is something that has hurt their overall fortunes even though the bowling attack has been miserly. In the last two games, Hurricanes have failed to chase down 114 while they could only post 123-8 on the board against Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat respectively.
After a very bad 2018-19 season, Hobart Hurricanes went through a massive overhaul with a lot of new signings. While Chloe Tryon and Tayla Vlaeminck are undoubtedly massive signings, the spotlight will definitely be on Nicola Carey, Belinda Vakarewa and Maisy Gibson as they were part of the Sydney Thunder outfit until last season. While the trio has have had a fantastic start for their new team, Hobart Hurricanes as a team have still not been able to fire as an all-round unit. It is especially their batting that has been inconsistent with only Nicola Carey and Heather Knight notching up the fifties until now.
Star South-African recruit Tryon has already shown glimpses of the damage she can do to opposition bowling attacks and it will be important for her to come up with a match-winning knock pretty soon too. When it comes to the bowling attack, Heather Knight's economy rate of 6.87 has been the highest for any Hurricanes bowler and that speaks volumes about their efficiency.
E Fazackerley, S Daffara, H Knight, N Carey, F Wilson, C Tryon, C Hall (C), M Gibson, T Vlaeminck, E Smith (WK), B Vakarewa.
Even though the absence of superstars like Harmanpreet Kaur and Stafanie Taylor would affect most teams in the world, Sydney Thunder has shown that they have enough depth to be still successful. While the likes of Alex Blackwell, Rachel Priest and Rachel Haynes bring in a whole lot of experience, teenagers like Phoebe Litchfield and Hannah Darlington have proved that ’If you are good enough, you are old enough'.
While looking at the individual statistics of the Thunder players, it is Alex Blackwell who stands out with her 164 runs in the tournament. In fact, Blackwell is the 2nd highest run-scorer in the season until now. With the ball, it has been more of a team effort as the pace bowling quarter that includes Rene Farell, Shabnim Ismail, Samantha Bates and Hannah Darlington have shared 18 wickets. Foreign recruit Miss Dar has also complemented their bowling attack with their canny off-spin bowling.
N Stalenberg, R Priest (WK), R Haynes (C), Alex Blackwell, Phoebe Litchfield, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farell, Shabnim Ismail, Samantha Bates, Lisa Griffith
This fixture will be the first match to be played at the West Park Oval in Burnie. It has generally tended to be a high-scoring venue with the two matches that were played last season producing good scores. With respect to the weather, the forecast is a bit worrying as it is expected to be cloudy on Saturday with 90% chance of rain. However, the good news is that rain is mostly predicted for the early hours meaning that the game could still take place.
The West Park Oval isn’t really a known one to the majority of cricket fan but the stadium is a beautiful beach-side ground. Even though, the ground hasn’t been used much for men's cricket off late, Tasmania used to play a few matches some years ago. Apart from cricket, the venue also hosts the Burnie Dockers Football Club.
T20 cricket has really become favourable for chasing down totals in the last few years and the decision at the toss might be become even easier if rain plays its part before or during the match. It is likely that the captain winning the toss will opt to bowl.
Not only do the Sydney Thunder possess some star-studded cricketers but they are also high on confidence at this moment. Both the batswomen and bowling attack is firing and this all-round excellence should prove too much to handle for Hobart Hurricanes unless Heather Knight or Chloe Tryon come up with something special
Sydney Thunder to win the match!