WBBL 2020: A cracking Sydney Derby on the cards!
Sydney Sixers are favourites to win the game
|Adelaide Strikers Women||1||1||0||0||0||2||1.871|
|Brisbane Heat Women||1||1||0||0||0||2||1.282|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Melbourne Stars Women||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sydney Sixers Women||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sydney Thunder Women||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Perth Scorchers Women||1||0||1||0||0||0||-1.282|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||1||0||1||0||0||0||-1.871|
The Sydney Derby always makes for an engrossing contest and it shouldn’t be any different this time around. The Sixers had a forgettable 2019-20 season and would want to erase those memories with a strong campaign this time around. A lot of that would depend on skipper Ellyse Perry’s fitness as the all-rounder had been sidelined for a major part of this year due to injury. Given her unreal abilities with bat and ball, Perry is the team’s backbone and is expected to start for this fixture.
Thunder may not have a player who can match Perry one-to-one but their signings this year have been brilliant with the likes of Sammy-Jo Johnson, Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight being enviable additions indeed. The batting especially looks intimidating with a lot of firepower in it. Sixers too have an explosive top-three of their own, one that could seal most games when they get going. If Perry is fit, this could be a riveting contest, considering the matchwinners in both camps.
For the first time in the history of WBBL, the Sixers failed to make it to the semifinals last year, finishing fifth. For a side that always previously ended in the top-two, it was certainly a dampener. But they haven’t panicked and retaining almost the same core means that the think tank has enough belief in the existing squad to treat last year as a one-off, especially as their skipper wasn’t available. They will be sweating over Perry’s availability but it does seem like the all-rounder will start for the tournament opener. She along with Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner are arguably the most dangerous top-three in the tournament.
Gardener’s immense development over the years has reduced the workload on Perry who has been able to express herself that much more. The rest of the squad are more than efficient with the South African duo of Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp adding more dimensions to the squad. The Sixers do have all bases covered and despite last year’s misadventure, will start as one of the tournament’s favourites.
E Perry(c), A Healy(wk), A Gardener, D van Niekerk, M Kapp, E Burns, J Hicks, A Reakes, L Cheatle, S Aley, H Silver-Holmes
Having endured an extremely underwhelming season last year, Thunder made some good buys during the off-season period and have loaded their batting with exciting strokemakers/powerhitters. In the English duo of Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont, Thunder have their top-order settled, more so when you consider the inclusion of the big-hitting Sammy-Jo Johnson as well. Rachel Haynes and Rachel Priest add further solidity to the line-up, and it seems like a side that can set/chase any magnitude of totals.
Lauren Smith (who moved from the Sixers) is another handy addition to the franchise that already has workable bowling resources in its kitty. Veteran South African Shabnim Ismail spearheads the attack that might not have a lot of big names but are more than useful due to their doggedness and never-say-die spirit. It could still be a department that can work against the Thunder and hence, the onus will be on the batters to do the bulk of the work this season.
T Beaumont, P Litchfield, H Knight, S Johnson, R Haynes(c), S Horley, H Darlington, L Smith, S Ismail, S Bates, R Trenaman
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||21||0 mm.||6.29 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|03h||25||0 mm.||4.65 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|06h||29||0 mm.||2.95 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|09h||28||0 mm.||1.86 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|12h||24||0 mm.||2.86 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||3.23 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||2.65 k/h||From: N||0%|
|21h||20||0 mm.||4.15 k/h||From: NE||0%|
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.
A venue with great Club history, the North Sydney Oval isn’t used frequently in the higher levels of the sport in Australia but has a lot of tradition associated with it. Over the years, it’s been strongly associated with Women’s international games and WBBL.
With rain expected, captains would want to bowl on what should be a fresh surface whose nature is hard to fathom unless a game is played in the tournament. Chasing should be the way to go.
This is a tricky one, given that both sides look well-balanced and contain many matchwinners in their side. However, with Perry available, the Sixers are a different beast altogether with that top order being nearly invincible. They may have to deal with Thunder’s quality pace attack and top order but the Sixers have enough quality in their ranks to emerge victorious in this clash. We’re expecting Perry’s girls to come out trumps in this fixture.
Sydney Sixers are favourites to win the game