Saturday's defeat in prime focus as Perth Scorchers take on Hobart Hurricanes!
Perth Scorchers Women to win this match!
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With a Top 4 spot sealed, any team would have been relaxed but Perth Scorchers can’t afford to take anything lightly after suffering a bad loss against Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday at the Lilac Hill Park in Perth. Perth Scorchers are already through to the Semi-finals with 16 points from 13 matches.
Anyway, the loss against Hurricanes should hurt them as they had been on a nice 3-match winning streak. In fact, before the loss against Hurricanes, Scorchers had only lost one match against Brisbane Heat in their last 7 games. This result meant that Scorchers won’t be able to host the WBBL final on December 8 as it is the table-topper that gets the right to host the most important match of the season.
On Saturday, Hobart Hurricanes took advantage of a Lilac Hill Park track that had a fair bit of green tinge with the toss going their way. Perth Scorchers' star trio of Meg Lanning, Amy Jones, and Natalie Sciver were unable to handle the pace and movement that the Hurricanes’ got off the helpful wicket. With a complete team effort, Hurricanes bowled out Scorchers for a mere 107. In return, Taneale Peschel looked like she will trouble Hurricanes’ batting line-up by reducing them to 16-2 but a career-best 58-run knock from opener Erin Fazackerley meant that her side reached home with more than 4 overs to spare.
Although a chance to host the WBBL final is gone, Perth Scorchers will look to quickly get back to the drawing board and make some little changes while also reflecting back on what has been a terrific season for them.
Key to their success has been the trio of Meg Lanning, Amy Jones and Nat Sciver with all the three having scored more than 300 runs this season. The opening partnership between Lanning and Jones has, in fact, been scarcely believable with the duo stitching four 100-run partnerships until now.
Batting at No 3 or 4, Nat Sciver has also held together Perth Scorchers' batting line up with a couple of fifties among other useful knocks.
With the ball, Heather Graham and Kim Garth headline Scorchers' bowling efforts with 14 and 13 wickets respectively. Others like Samantha Betts, Nat Sciver, and Nicole Bolton have provided decent support but it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that bowling hasn’t been the team's strongest suit.
Meg Lanning (C), Amy Jones (WK), Georgia Redmayne, Nat Sciver, Nicole Bolton, Chloe Piparo, Heather Graham, Jemma Barsby, Kim Garth, Taneale Peschel, Samantha Betts
Meg Lanning, Mathilda Carmichael, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Nicole Bolton, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Kath Hempenstall, Kim Garth, Jemma Barsby, Samantha Betts
While it has been a disappointing season once again, Hobart Hurricanes could perhaps take heart from the fact that they have shown glimpses of their quality and that augurs well for next year. An area where they would have to work on and recruit well would be the batting line-up. As many as six Hurricanes batters have over 200 runs this season but none has more than 300. This has perhaps been the difference between Hurricanes and other top teams with top players such as Heather Knight and Nicola Carey not being consistent enough.
A massive positive has been Chloe Tryon with her big-hitting but even she has been under-utilized by not giving her enough overs to bat.
On the bowling front, Belinda Vakarewa is the stand-out player with a tournament-best 20 wickets while the likes of Maisy Gibson and Tayla Vlaeminck have shown potential. Carey has also chipped in with 11 wickets so far.
Erin Fazackerley, Nicola Carey, Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Corinne Hall (C), Chloe Tryon, Sasha Moloney, Maisy Gibson, Tayla Vlaeminck, Emma Manix-Geeves, Belinda Vakarewa
Heather Knight, Emma Manix-Geeves, Corinne Hall, Chloe Tryon, Maisy Gibson, Erin Fazackerley, Tayla Vlaeminck, Belinda Vakarewa, Fran Wilson, Nicola Carey, Sasha Moloney
Given the pitch wore a pretty green look on Saturday, it would be interesting to see if the team’s play on the surface or whether the curator reduces the green tinge. With respect to the weather, sunny skies are expected with zero chance for rain.
The Lilac Hill Park has hosted three matches this season with the hosts winning two of those games. In the last two matches, the chasing side has won comfortably and this shows how it could be difficult to bat early on. The average first innings total has been 141.3 this season.
Like how it has been for most of this season, we expect the toss-winning captain to bowl first. Chasing has been the most preferred option for quite a while in the shortest format of the game and that won’t change on a bowler-friendly Lilac Hill Park pitch.
In spite of the result on Saturday, we expect Perth Scorchers to dominate and post a convincing victory. Hobart Hurricanes simply haven’t shown enough consistency and that is one of the major reasons for them lying at the 7th spot in the points table.
Perth Scorchers Women to win this match!