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Toss Winner - Melbourne Renegades Women won the toss and chose to bowl first
WBBL 2020: Sparks set to fly in Melbourne Derby!
Melbourne Renegades are favourites to win this match
Tournament: WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2020 | Format: T20 | Venue: Allan Border Field, Brisbane, Australia | Toss: To BatBet Now
For the first time in the history of the WBBL, the entire tournament will be played in Sydney. This would mean fewer venues and pitches that would be repeated many times through the surface. The Melbourne Derby features two sides who have had contrasting returns over the years. The Renegades have ensued semifinal finishes in the last couple seasons and are a settled bunch to an extent. The Stars have had a miserably couple of seasons with a cluster of failures forcing a squad overhaul with several changes to the setup. On paper, the Renegades look a far superior side purely due to the stability in their squad, led by New Zealand star Amy Satterthwaite who is also in good form.
The Stars are no pushovers though, and the signing of Australian captain Meg Lanning (who is also the Stars skipper) brings with it a wave of optimism. With her are the England stars Katherine Brunt and Natalie Sciver, both of whom are certain to add value to the team. The Renegades also have a star signing in South Africa’s wicket-keeping opener Lizelle Lee and Erin Fazackerley. While one team has a set formula, the other will be looking to create a new one, and this clash could set the tone for how they go about their campaigns.
Consistency has been the hallmark of their outfit over the years and semifinal finishes in successive seasons has given Satterthwaite’s squad solid momentum. They would want to go all the way this time though, and with a core that’s been together for a while, their hopes aren’t half-baked at all. Satterthwaite is coming off a fine white-ball series in Australia where her fellow New Zealand mates looked at sea, while she stood out with their frenetic batting template. She’ll hoping to carry that form into the WBBL and lead by example.
The addition of Lee adds muscle and firepower to the batting department, with the South African likely to bat at her favourite opening spot. The bowling is where Renegades have a considerable edge over the other teams. They have three potent wicket-takers in the form of Georgia Wareham, Molly Strano and Sophie Molineaux – three of Australia’s strike bowlers in their national team along with New Zealand’s spearhead Lee Tahuhu. This allows the batsmen breathing space, given the efficiency of their bowling attack and they seem like a well-oiled machine with all players aware of what their roles are.
L Lee, E Fazackerley, J Dooley(wk), A Satterthwaite(c), E Hayward, G Wareham, C Webb, M Strano, M Brown, C Leeson, L Tahuhu
Maitlan Brown, Amy Satterthwaite, Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano, Lizelle Lee, Courtney Neale, Carly Leeson, Courtney Webb, Erin Fazackerley, Josie Dooley, Georgia Wareham
After consecutive washout seasons where they finished at the bottom of the table and near about, a revamp was inevitable. Stars have gone about it the efficient way, right from the leadership role that’s now with national captain Lanning. She brings with her a sense of calm and the addition of Brunt and Sciver should strengthen the balance of the squad. The batting was one of Stars’ biggest setbacks in the last season and these three international stars would go a long way in stabilising things in that department.
Scorchers’ veteran Bhavi Devchand is another brilliant addition to the squad that looks potentially stronger than in previous seasons. There already was reasonable potential in the group that’s a heady mix of youth and experience, but a good leadership role was what Stars were looking for. With that box ticked, they would look to exorcise the ghosts of the past and aim for a fresh start.
E Villani, B Devchand, M Lanning(c), N Sciver, E Osborne, N Faltum(wk), K Brunt, A King, T Flintoff, A Sutherland, H Ferling
It’s expected to be a rainy weekend in Sydney with roughly 70 percent chance of rain and high humidity conditions. The surfaces are expected to be hard with decent pace and bounce to begin with, as the pitches are all fresh at this point.
Although not a high-profile venue in today’s era, Hurstville Oval has been home to several Australian greats of yesteryear, none more significant than The Don himself. It’s a ground that’s usually been used for Club cricket in Sydney.
While the surface is fresh, this is an afternoon game and that could make the captains want to bat first, although temperatures are cooler. The rain forecast is another factor, and that could make chasing a preferred option too. Seems like a good toss to lose.
Both squads have plenty of firepower and experience in their ranks. However, the Stars are about to kickstart a rebuilding process which means that they might not necessarily be able to start off with a bang. In terms of stability, the Renegades are a far superior outfit and they’ve only gotten stronger with their new signings. In terms of squad strength, continuity and form, the Renegades are favourites to win this clash,
Melbourne Renegades are favourites to win this match
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