The bottom-placed team will clash with the top-placed one in this potential one-sided contest.
We pick Sydney Thunder Women as the winners of this contest.
|Sydney Thunder Women||5||3||0||0||0||8||2.133|
|Sydney Sixers Women||5||3||0||0||0||8||1.534|
|Melbourne Stars Women||5||2||0||0||0||7||1.898|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||6||2||3||0||0||5||-0.095|
|Perth Scorchers Women||5||1||2||0||0||4||-0.418|
|Brisbane Heat Women||6||1||3||0||1||4||-0.53|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||5||1||2||0||0||4||-0.762|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||5||0||3||0||1||2||-2.364|
A potential one-sided game awaits us as the top and bottom-placed teams clash in the next Women’s Big Bash League encounter. Melbourne Renegades Women have been having a horrible time in the ongoing WBBL season and are placed right at the bottom of the points table with 3 losses and no wins. They desperately need a victory under their belt before the season gets away from them completely but their next challenge will make it that much more difficult as they square-off against first-placed Sydney Thunder Women.
Sydney Thunder is easily looking like the best and most well-sorted team this season and has bulldozed past all their opponents so far. It will take a herculean effort from the Renegades to stop this rampaging Sydney side and from the looks of it, we are in for a one-sided contest.
Melbourne Renegades Women were 4th last year and with the return of Amy Satterthwaite as captain, it looked like they would do even better. However, after 3 losses and no wins so far, the Renegades are firmly stuck at the bottom and are desperately looking to move up the ladder. They have now suffered three losses in a row and their last one against the Hobart Hurricanes Women was particularly damaging. After batting first, they were shot out for just 81 and lost the game by 9 wickets. Even in the games before that, the Renegades have posted totals of 105 and 119 respectively and batting clearly has been an issue.
Captain Satterthwaite hasn’t made an impact so far and she really has to lead from the front now. Openers Lizelle Lee and Sophie Molineux have been falling for low scores while Courtney Webb has been only good for attractive cameos. Georgia Wareham has shown promise and maybe it will be her chance to shine now.
On the bowling front, the Renegades do have good options. Rosemary Mair produced an economical spell last match while Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano, and Carly Leeson have looked serviceable. But the team needs wicket-takers and this bowling lineup is likely to suffer against a strong batting unit like Sydney Thunder.
Lizelle Lee, Sophie Molineux, Erin Fazackerley, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Courtney Webb, Georgia Wareham, Josephine Dooley (wk), Maitlan Brown, Carly Leeson, Molly Strano, Rosemary Mair
Sydney Thunder easily looks like the team to beat this season. After finishing 6th last year, they have shown remarkable progress and are unbeatable in this season so far. The team is now on a three-match winning streak and took down Perth Scorchers Women by 24 runs in their last game. On a slow pitch, Sydney posted a solid 144-4 and went to clinch the match comfortably. What has really helped is the form of Heather Knight. After that sensational 83 against Adelaide Strikers, she produced a fine 57 in the last match against Perth and has looked like the proper match-winner that she is.
Captain Rachael Haynes has found good form too and her unbeaten 61 in the previous game shows that the team’s middle-order is truly robust. Add to this the likes of Rachel Trenaman, Tammy Beaumont, and Sammy-Jo Johnson at the top and Sydney has possibly the strongest batting unit in the tournament right now.
Sydney Thunder’s bowling too is looking in a great rhythm. They have managed to restrict oppositions for low scores and have settled unit. Shabnim Ismail is the leader of the pack and has been supported well by Samantha Bates who is fresh from an outstanding spell of 9-3 in the last match. Sammy-Jo Johnson and Lauren Smith are doing a good restricting job while Heather Knight keeps plucking crucial wickets every game.
Rachel Trenaman, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Rachael Haynes (c), Phoebe Litchfield, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Tahlia Wilson (wk), Lauren Smith, Kate Peterson, Shabnim Ismail, Samantha Bates
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0.78 mm.||6.04 k/h||From: SSE||37%|
|03h||16||0.56 mm.||9.04 k/h||From: S||80%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||9.31 k/h||From: S||61%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||7.59 k/h||From: SSE||44%|
|12h||14||0 mm.||6.05 k/h||From: SSE||38%|
|15h||13||0 mm.||4.64 k/h||From: S||32%|
|18h||14||0.11 mm.||4.08 k/h||From: S||57%|
|21h||15||0 mm.||2.68 k/h||From: SSW||56%|
The pitch at the Hurstville Oval in Sydney is expected to be a good one for both batting and bowling. It can be a tad slow at times, depending on the weather, but generally favors batters a little more. Seam bowlers, who can extract some movement and bounce off the surface, will do better.
Unfortunately, the weather isn’t clear in Sydney for the day of the match, and some showers are expected. The match might be truncated and skies will remain partly cloudy.
Teams batting first at the Hurstville Oval in Sydney generally fare better. The highest total posted on the venue is a colossal 206-1 by Sydney Sixers Women back in the 2018 season. The team batting first here should be safe if they achieve a total in the range of 140-150.
With chances of rain again, the team winning the toss should look to bowl first because chasing would be better in case of a rain-curtailed match.
The last time Melbourne Renegades Women and Sydney Thunder Women had clashed, back in the 2019 season, the Renegades had clinched a superb 29-run win. However, in the last 5 games between these two sides, Sydney Thunder has won 4 matches with that one loss in 2019 being the only blip. Moreover, the two teams look radically different from last season. The Renegades are on a rapid decline while Sydney Thunder has looked the most accomplished team with all bases covered. It will take something special from Melbourne Renegades to stop Sydney Thunder in this form and Sydney is likely to dominate the contest with ease.
We pick Sydney Thunder Women as the winners of this contest.