Perth Scorchers look to seal a top-four spot against Hobart Hurricanes!
Perth Scorchers Women to win this match!
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We’re into the final weekend of the group stages of this fifth edition of the WBBL. On paper, this might seem like a near-dead rubber. For Hobart Hurricanes it is.
However, Perth Scorchers have almost made it to the knockouts. While 16 points more or less guarantee a spot in the top four, there are two others who can climb up to 16 and Scorchers’ net run rate isn’t too big either.
Thus, another win will confirm their spot in the top four. The Meg Lanning-led side has been excellent in the latter half of the tournament. They have tasted victory in six out of their last seven games. Be it batting first or chasing, the Scorchers have managed to ace both challenges. In these six wins in the last seven games, they’ve won four games batting first and two chasings. They’ve chased in excess of 150 and have also defended a couple of low targets.
Meanwhile, Hobart Hurricanes seem to be in the dumps. After winning the first two games in a row, they’ve won just one game so far and that came against the Sydney Sixers. Since that win, they’ve had a couple of tight losses that will disappoint them. They fell short in run chases of 157 and 143 by seven and two runs respectively.
The Perth Scorchers batting has been excellent so far. The senior players have led the charge and have shouldered most of the batting responsibility. Skipper Meg Lanning and the England star duo of Amy Ellen Jones and Natalie Sciver have been the premier run-getters. Each of them has aggregate in excess of 300 runs in the tournament. While Lanning is leading the charts with 419 runs, Sciver has 321 runs and Jones has scored 387 runs.
However, the latter two will most likely depart after this weekend and won’t take part in the knockout stages due to international commitments. The form of Nicole Bolton and Heather Graham will be slightly concerning as they will need to step when the England stars leave. Graham’s form with the ball though has been very good. She is the leading wicket-taker for the Scorchers. She’s picked up 14 wickets so far in the tournament. Kim Garth has been very good too. While she has picked up 12 wickets, she’s also been pretty economical.
Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Georgia Redmayne, Natalie Sciver, Nicole Bolton, Heather Graham, Chloe Piparo, Jemma Barsby, Kim Garth, Taneale Peschel, Samantha Betts
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Meg Lanning, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Nicole Bolton, Amy Ellen Jones, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Natalie Sciver, Kim Garth, Jemma Barsby, Samantha Betts
Batting has been the problem for Hobart Hurricanes. No batter has more than 250 runs in this competition. Three players have aggregated more than 200 runs but none of them have been consistent. Nicola Carey and Heather Knight have blown hot and cold like never before while Chloe Tryon has been very good in the middle but has found very little support. Tryon has scored 229 runs at an average of 38.16 and at a strike-rate of 183.20.
The Hurricanes have been better with the ball. They’ve managed to restrict the opposition to decent totals on multiple occasions. Belinda Vakarewa is the leading wicket-taker in this tournament. She has picked up 19 wickets at an average of 14.15. Moreover, she has a strike-rate of 13.8. Maisy Gibson has struggled with the bat but she has been good with the ball as she’s taken 12 wickets in this tournament so far. The likes of Knight, Carey and Tayla Vlaeminck have also chipped indecently with the ball.
Erin Fazackerley, Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Corinne Hall (c), Heather Knight, Emma Manix-Geeves (wk), Sasha Moloney, Chloe Tryon, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck, Fran Wilson
Fran Wilson, Corinne Hall, Chloe Tryon, Maisy Gibson, Emma Manix-Geeves, Belinda Vakarewa, Heather Knight, Tayla Vlaeminck, Erin Fazackerley, Sasha Moloney, Nicola Carey
It is expected to be bright and sunny throughout in Perth on the day of the game. With this being an afternoon start, the temperatures will also be at its peak. It will hover around 28-290 and there is absolutely no chance of rain. The pitch at the Lilac Hill Park in Perth is a good one to bat on. The bounce is true and the ball should ease on to the bat nicely.
The Lilac Hill Park in Perth has already hosted a couple of games in this fifth edition of the WBBL. In both games, the team batting first could put up a total in excess of 150 but it saw contrasting results with one being won by the team batting first and the other by the team batting second. However, both those games were won by Perth Scorchers and hence, they wouldn’t mind coming back to this venue, where they have found some success.
In the two games played at this venue, both teams that won the toss, opted to field first. It should be no different this time around as well. Both teams will want to chase. Hobart Hurricanes have fallen agonizingly close in their last two chases and will want to correct that wrong if they get to chase this time around.
The two teams are in contrasting forms. The way Hobart Hurricanes have struggled and the way Perth Scorchers have built momentum, it’s pretty natural to go with the latter. They will be looking to win this encounter and seal a top-four berth and continue their winning momentum.
Perth Scorchers Women to win this match!