Man of the Match: Heather Graham
Perth Scorchers Women look to avoid inconsistency against an in-form Sydney Thunder side!
Sydney Thunder Women to win the match!
|Adelaide Strikers Women||8||5||3||0||0||10||0.434|
|Sydney Thunder Women||7||4||2||0||1||9||-0.195|
|Brisbane Heat Women||7||4||3||0||0||8||0.788|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||8||4||4||0||0||8||0.016|
|Sydney Sixers Women||6||4||2||0||0||8||-0.01|
|Perth Scorchers Women||7||4||3||0||0||8||-0.334|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||8||2||5||0||1||5||-0.141|
|Melbourne Stars Women||7||1||6||0||0||2||-0.698|
Despite having six points (same as Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades), Perth Scorchers are currently placed sixth on the points table due to their poor net run rate. The form of the Scorchers has been very scratchy in this tournament. They’ve lost and won alternatively. They eked out a two-run win against Adelaide Strikers in their last game.
Now, they face Sydney Thunder in back to back games. Sydney Thunder has had a wonderful tournament so far. After that opening loss in the Sydney-derby, they’ve looked in great form. While a couple of them have been tight wins, a couple of them have been pretty convincing. They’ve hunted down totals with ease. After the first game, the Thunder have chased in three games and have won all three. They even defended a lowish total (132) against the Melbourne Renegades.
Thus, the Sydney Thunder is looking very good at the moment and is currently at the top of the table with nine points.
The performance of the Perth Scorchers’ batting has been directly proportional to their result. Every time they’ve scored less than 140 (in a full game), they’ve ended up on the losing side. In the last game, they notched up their highest score of the season – 173 and just about won the game. Amy Ellen Jones and Meg Lanning have been the premier batters for the Scorchers. While Jones has aggregated 227 runs at an average of 45.40, the Australian skipper has scored 210 runs at an average of 42.00.
Nat Sciver has blown hot and cold but seems to be hitting the ball well. The Scorchers will be a tad concerned about the form of Australian international batter Nicole Bolton who has scored just 65 runs in the tournament. Kim Garth has led the charge with the ball. The 23-year-old Ireland pacer has six scalps so far and is going at 6.77 runs an over. Jemma Barsby and Heather Graham have chipped in decently as well. While Scorchers are looking good all-round, it is their inconsistency that has cost them so far.
Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Natalie Sciver, Nicole Bolton, Heather Graham, Georgia Redmayne, Chloe Piparo, Jemma Barsby, Kim Garth, Emma King, Taneale Peschel
|A Ellen Jones||80||58||9||2||137.93|
Meg Lanning, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Nicole Bolton, Amy Ellen Jones, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Natalie Sciver, Kim Garth, Jemma Barsby, Samantha Betts
It’s with the ball that the Sydney Thunder are putting in big performances. The bowlers have restricted their oppositions to decent totals and the batters have then chased it down. The Thunder have largely used five bowlers in all their games and they’ve collectively done well. All bowlers have picked up five or more wickets in the series. Rene Farrell and Hannah Darlington have taken five wickets each while Shabnim Ismail has picked up six and Nida Dar has taken seven. Alex Blackwell has been very good with the bat.
She averages 63.33 in this tournament (190 runs). Her lowest score in this WBBL is 21. Meanwhile, Rachel Priest and Phoebe Litchfield have chipped in well too. Priest has scored 142 runs at an average of 28.40 but she’s striking at 137.86. On the other hand, Litchfield has been steady in the middle order and is averaging 41.33. The form of Rachael Haynes will be a worry. The Sydney Thunder skipper has amassed just 63 runs in five innings.
Rachel Priest (wk), Naomi Stalenberg, Rachael Haynes (c), Alex Blackwell, Phoebe Litchfield, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Samantha Bates, Shabnim Ismail, Saskia Horley
Naomi Stalenberg, Alex Blackwell, Shabnim Ismail, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Nida Dar, Rachel Trenaman, Rachel Priest, Tahlia Wilson, Saskia Horley, Sam Bates
The weather at the Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide seems to be perfect for cricket. A morning start means that the temperatures will be in the high-teens and there is no rain predicted. The pitch here seems like a good one to bat on. The game will most likely be played on the same strip that Perth and Adelaide played their game.
This is the penultimate game of this Women’s Big Bash at this venue this year. The average score batting first at the Karen Rolton Oval this season has been 147. Like most pitches in Australia, the Karen Rolton Oval also produces good batting surfaces and hence, it has seen some relatively high-scoring encounters.
Teams have enjoyed chasing at this venue. Two out of the three games have been won by teams batting second and Adelaide Strikers almost chased down 174 as well in the last game. Therefore, the team winning the toss might opt to bowl first.
Perth Scorchers haven’t been at their best in this tournament. They’ve continuously won and lost and haven’t had any sort of momentum. They run into an in-form Sydney Thunder who are sitting pretty at the top of the table. While it promises to be a good game, the Thunder start as slight favourites. Perth has won all the previous four games between them but the Thunder will be favourites to change that record.
Sydney Thunder Women to win the match!