Perth Scorchers look to capitalize on Sydney Sixers' wilting form graph!
Sydney Sixers to win!
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If ever there was a period of time when Perth Scorchers would have liked to face Sydney Sixers, it would be right now. The Perth Scorchers will get their wish fulfilled on Saturday and they would need to take it with both hands in order to solidify their position in the Top 4. That is how disappointing the last few days have been for Sydney Sixers.
While the final-ball loss against Melbourne Renegades would have been frustrating, the eventual loss of Ellyse Perry for three weeks due to a shoulder injury sustained in the same game would have been a bigger setback for the team. If that wasn’t enough, Sydney Sixers were also literally brushed away by a struggling Hobart Hurricanes side on Wednesday. Without the presence of Perry, Sixers didn’t seem to turn up for the match at all and only Marizanne Kapp went away with a respectable all-round performance as her team lost by 5 wickets against Hobart Hurricanes.
Meanwhile, Perth Scorchers posted a convincing 9-wicket victory against Melbourne Stars with usual suspects Amy Jones and Meg Lanning registering half-centuries on the day.
Earlier in the match, some outstanding bowling from Heather Graham and Samantha Betts helped Scorchers to storm back into the game after Elyse Villani's half-century had put her side in a commanding position. In the end, Scorchers would have been relieved to have ended up on the right side on a day when their most in-form bowler Kim Garth went wicketless.
While Perth Scorchers are in pretty good Nick at this moment, they can’t afford to take the foot off the peddle against Sydney Sixers. Although Amy Jones and Meg Lanning continued their good run in the tournament and helped Scorchers chase down the target of 150 comfortably against Melbourne Stars, it was far from a complete performance. If not for a late collapse by the Stars’ batswomen, Scorchers may well have had to chase down a target in excess of 170.
However, at the same time, the credit should go to the duo of Heather Graham and Samantha Betts as they managed to pull things back with their tight bowling. Apart from the duo, Perth will also be looking at their second-highest wicket-taker in Kim Garth for some crucial breakthroughs against Sydney Sixers. Garth led the bowling charts for Scorchers until the previous game with 10 wickets while Graham's two wickets against Stars helped her reach 11 wickets for the season.
Amy Jones (WK), Meg Lanning (C), Nat Sciver, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Chloe Piparo, Jemma Barsby, Kim Garth, Emma King, 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
It was all going smoothly for the Sydney Sixers until the game against Melbourne Renegades. With 12 points from just 8 matches, Sixers were even looking good to get to the top of the table. But two matches and two losses later, they are fighting against the tide to remain in the semi-final spots.
Sixers still have two more points than the 5th placed Melbourne Renegades but more losses in the coming games could be very detrimental. Yes, the loss of Ellyse Perry has been talked about a lot and do not have the service of a player of such magnitude will hurt any team.
However, even after considering the average form with the bat, Sixers still have a lot of quality players in their line-up. At this juncture, the two-time WBBL champions would need Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner to come up with better returns with the bat. While Healy hasn’t done much apart from her hundred against Melbourne Stars', Gardner's highest score this season is a disappointing 36.
Only Marizanne Kapp has been in good form and has come up with two important fifties in the last two games. With the ball too, Kapp leads the wicket-takers list with 12 scalps but Sixers bowling depth leaves a lot to be desired. Although Perry didn’t pick up a lot of wickets, her miserly economy rate helped the likes of Sarah Aley and Dane van Neikerk to take wickets. In her absence, the pressure is on the duo of Stella Campbell and Hayley Silver-Holmes to come up with good performances.
Alyssa Healy (C & WK), Hollie Armitage, Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Neikerk, Maddy Darke, Lauren Smith, Sarah Aley, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Stella Campbell.
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Lauren Smith, Maddy Darke, Stella Campbell, Alyssa Healy, Erin Burns, Marizanne Kapp, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Ashleigh Gardner, Sarah Aley, Hollie Armitage, Dane van Niekerk
Last season saw a couple of really high-scoring matches at the venue. The hosts Perth Scorchers chased down Sydney Thunder's target of 180 comfortably while also being beaten by the Sixers in another match. The Lilac Hill Park has fairly decent-sized boundaries and big totals in spite of that should reflect how good a batting surface it is at this venue. The weather is set to be glorious on match-day with just 5% chance for rain.
The Lilac Hill Park has become a pretty popular venue in the Women’s Big Bash League with each season seeing at least 3-4 games being hosted at this ground which is located in the Perth suburb of Caversham. Some years back, this ground also used to regularly host a festival match between a Chairman's XI and a touring international team.
If the wicket continues to be good for batting, then chasing should be the most preferred option. However, with Lilac Hill Park throwing up the odd dry-ish surface, batting first might also be a secondary choice for the two captains.
This match should be a pretty tightly contested one with Sydney Sixers just about nicking it in the end. It could also be high time for Alyssa Healy to come up with one of her crazy knocks.
However, it all comes down to how Sydney Sixers' bowling attack will fare against Perth Scorchers’ three-star batters in the form of Amy Jones, Meg Lanning and Nat Sciver.
Sydney Sixers to win!