Melbourne Renegades Women and Perth Scorchers Women take on each other in an all-important clash.
Perth Scorchers Women to win!
|Sydney Thunder Women||3||1||0||0||0||4||2.9|
|Brisbane Heat Women||2||1||0||0||1||3||1.282|
|Sydney Sixers Women||2||1||0||0||0||3||0.794|
|Perth Scorchers Women||3||1||1||0||0||3||0.043|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||3||1||2||0||0||2||-0.479|
|Melbourne Stars Women||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||3||0||1||0||1||2||-1.055|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||2||0||1||0||0||1||-1.871|
The start to the Women’s Big Bash League 2020 has been marred by rain and a few games have already been abandoned without a ball being bowled. Melbourne Renegades have been quite unfortunate in this regard as both their games so far have been abandoned.
They will now be taking on Perth Scorchers Women in their next clash at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.
Perth Scorchers haven’t had the best of starts to the season –losing their first match to Brisbane Heat by 7 wickets while their second match was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Both the teams hence would be desperate to get their first win of the season.
In recent times, Perth Scorchers have had a slight upper hand against Melbourne Renegades and it will be interesting to see what shape their rivalry takes this season. With superstar Sophie Devine leading Perth this time, the team will certainly have more confidence on their side.
Last year’s semi-finalists, Melbourne Renegades Women, have made some great additions to their squad and the inclusions of Erin Fazackerly, Ella Hayward, Lizelle Lee, and Amy Satterthwaite will certainly give them a boost. Furthermore, players like Courtney Webb, Maitlan Brown, and Molly Strano lend reliability to the squad.
The return of Amy Satterthwaite as captain will serve as a great source of encouragement to the team and the others would be looking to rally around the top-order batter. The arrival of South Africa’s hard-hitting Lizelle Lee also provides some much-needed power to their batting lineup.
In their first match Melbourne Stars Women, the Renegades had restricted the opposition to 127-4 in 17 overs before rain interrupted the game. Sophie Molineux, Maitlan Brown, Georgia Wareham, and Carly Leeson had all been impressive and yet again showed why the Renegades have such a terrific bowling lineup. The batters haven’t got a chance to shine yet and the game against Perth might be their first real test.
The team has now made a pair of semi-final appearances and would be hoping that they become the first Melbourne team to clinch the title this season.
Lizelle Lee, Sophie Molineux, Erin Fazackerley, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Courtney Webb, Georgia Wareham, Josephine Dooley (wk), Maitlan Brown, Carly Leeson, Molly Strano, Courtney Neale
Perth Scorchers have brought in both Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney, while also signing England legspinner Sarah Glenn. Their first match of the season didn’t go as expected. After batting first, the Scorchers put up a paltry 132-7 on the board and went on to lose the game by 7 wickets. They would be hoping to be put up a better all-round performance in the match against the Renegades.
Openers Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney had got off to a solid start in the last match but couldn’t convert it into big scores. The team depends heavily on these two at the top and if they can get going, the Renegades will always be in a good position.
The likes of Amy Ellen Jones, Nicole Bolton, and Heather Graham will be manning the middle-order and would have to ensure they provide the necessary push for a healthy total.
On the bowling front, the Perth Scorchers have good options. Sophie Devine will again be leading the way here followed by Nicole Bolton and Taneale Peschel. However, leg-spinner Sarah Glenn will have a crucial part and might be the game-changer if the pitch grips just a little.
Beth Mooney (wk), Sophie Devine (c), Amy Ellen Jones, Nicole Bolton, Heather Graham, Chloe Piparo, Sarah Glenn, Jemma Barsby, Megan Banting, Piepa Cleary, Taneale Peschel
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||22||7.65 mm.||4.48 k/h||From: NW||87%|
|03h||23||0.27 mm.||3.73 k/h||From: SW||23%|
|06h||18||3.49 mm.||3.81 k/h||From: S||42%|
|09h||16||11.43 mm.||4.55 k/h||From: WSW||99%|
|12h||15||0.11 mm.||3.3 k/h||From: NW||96%|
|15h||15||0 mm.||3.14 k/h||From: WNW||42%|
|18h||14||0 mm.||2.94 k/h||From: W||36%|
|21h||16||0.30 mm.||3.74 k/h||From: SW||27%|
This will be the first match of the season that will be played at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney. However, the surface shouldn’t be much different from the one at Hurstville Oval or North Sydney Oval. The pitch is likely to be hard initially but will not be easy for batting as the game progresses. Seamers would enjoy the bite in the surface and spinners might get some grip towards the middle stage. Unfortunately, the weather forecast in Sydney for the 31st of October isn’t very promising. There is a 90% chance of showers and we may well have another curtailed game on our hands.
It will be interesting to see what kind of a venue the Drummoyne Oval shapes up to be this season. With as many as 10 games scheduled here this season, the pitch is expected to slow down heavily by the end. But we might just get some high totals initially as the surface would be fresh and hard and the ball should come on nicely to the bat. It wouldn’t be surprising if the team batting first here in this game goes on to achieve a total of about 160-170.
The team winning the toss should ideally like to chase as all the completed matches in the season so far have been won by the team chasing. With weather playing spoilsport, chasing should be the way to go at the moment.
In the last five games between Melbourne Renegades Women and Perth Scorchers Women, the Renegades have lost 3 and won 2. Last season, both the teams won one game apiece against each other. Thus, it is hard to say who will have the edge in this clash. While Perth Scorchers have lost their first game, they have at least now got used to the playing conditions. The batters of Melbourne Renegades are likely to be rusty and this is where, Perth might get ahead.
Both the teams have a fair number of match-winners but we still need to see them perform in a couple of matches to see the kind of balance they have achieved. The presence of Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney alone gives Perth the edge and if the two get going, they will be hard to stop. Just for their very heavy top order alone, we feel Perth Scorchers Women have the better chance of winning this game.
Perth Scorchers Women to win!