Man of the Match: Rachel Priest
Hobart Hurricanes look to arrest Sydney Thunder’s winning momentum!
Sydney Thunder Women to win the match!
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|Adelaide Strikers Women||5||4||1||0||0||8||0.607|
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|Melbourne Renegades Women||6||2||4||0||0||4||-0.291|
|Perth Scorchers Women||5||2||3||0||0||4||-0.593|
|Melbourne Stars Women||6||1||5||0||0||2||-0.698|
It’s going to be another busy weekend for all the teams as they have back to back games. Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder play again at the same venue after their washed-out game on Saturday. While it was an afternoon start on November 2nd, this game which is on the 3rd will be a morning (11 AM) start. Hobart Hurricanes were off to a very good start. After the first couple of games, they looked good as well. But a narrow loss against the Adelaide Strikers seems to have snapped their momentum. The Hurricanes were unable to chase a lowish 114 against the Strikers as they fell three runs short. The batting fragility continued in the next game where they could make just 123 against Brisbane Heat and lost in the final over once again.
On the other hand, Sydney Thunder has put aside their loss in the opening game nicely and have won three games in a row. While they beat Brisbane Heat rather convincingly when they hunted down 151, they had a couple of close games against Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars. The Thunder defended 132 against the former before chasing down 142 in the final over.
After a couple of decent games, the Hobart Hurricanes batting line-up has crumbled. Despite batting out 20 overs in the last couple of games, Hobart has managed 110/7 (while chasing 114) and 123/8 (batting first). The batting charge has been led by England superstar Heather Knight and Nicola Carey. In fact, they’ve been very good with both bat and ball. While Knight has scored 106 runs at an average of 35.33 and has picked up three wickets, Carey has amassed 130 runs at 43.33 and has taken six wickets. Erin Fazackerley has got starts but has failed to convert them at the top of the order.
The form of opener Stefanie Daffara will be concerning. She has scored just 14 runs in four innings and hasn’t crossed single figures even once in this tournament. Maisy Gibson and Belinda Vakarewa have been the leaders for Hobart Hurricanes with the ball. They have picked up seven and six wickets respectively in this tournament. They’ve had good support from the aforementioned all-rounders. Thus, while the bowling hasn’t done too badly, it’s the batting that needs to pick up and deliver.
Stefanie Daffara, Erin Fazackerley, Heather Knight, Nicola Carey, Fran Wilson, Chloe Tryon, Corinne Hall (c), Maisy Gibson, Tayla Vlaeminck, Emily Smith (wk), Belinda Vakarewa
Heather Knight, Corinne Hall, Emily Smith, Chloe Tryon, Maisy Gibson, Erin Fazackerley, Tayla Vlaeminck, Belinda Vakarewa, Fran Wilson, Nicola Carey, Meg Phillips
Sydney Thunder has used the same players for all four completed games so far and looks like they might continue doing so for the time being. Their batting has blown hot and cold a touch. Senior batter Alex Blackwell has been brilliant in this series. She has scored 164 runs at an average of 82 and a strike-rate of 129.13. Phoebe Litchfield has been decent too while Rachel Priest has chipped in nicely at the top of the order.
Apart from this, the batting is slightly wobbly. Naomi Stalenberg at the top and skipper Rachael Haynes at No. 3 haven’t really hit their straps yet. Hence, that seems to be the only negative for the Thunder so far. The bowling has contributed as a unit. They have mainly used five bowlers and two of them have picked up four wickets while three of them have taken five. South African ace pacer Shabnim Ismail has led the bowling attack while Pakistan star Nida Dar has been the key in the spin department. Hence, Sydney Thunder looks like a well-rounded squad and it’s the bowling that has been delivering which has made them successful so far.
Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Priest (wk), Rachael Haynes (c), Alex Blackwell, Phoebe Litchfield, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Samantha Bates, Shabnim Ismail, Lisa Griffith
Naomi Stalenberg, Alex Blackwell, Phoebe Litchfield, Shabnim Ismail, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Nida Dar, Rachel Priest, Saskia Horley, Sam Bates, Rachael Haynes
It is expected to be a wet weekend in Burnie. There was rain predicted throughout Saturday and the match was washed out and Sunday might be no different. That said, it is relatively lesser on Sunday and it might not affect the game. With all the rain around and considering it’s a morning start, the pitch might have some moisture and assist the fast bowlers early on. But generally, it is a good track to bat on.
The West Park Oval in Burnie is a multi-sporting venue. Only two Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) games are scheduled for this season and they will be back to back as well. Last year, it hosted a couple of relatively high-scoring games in the WBBL.
It’s been a tournament where teams have chased well. Hence, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the team winning the toss opts to field first. Moreover, the rain around might also tempt the decision at the toss which will be to bowl first.