Sydney Thunder look to avoid back-to-back losses against Perth Scorchers!
Sydney Thunder Women to win the match!
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|Perth Scorchers Women||7||4||3||0||0||8||-0.334|
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It’s the return fixture and it has come in the span of just two days. Perth Scorchers continued their dominance over Sydney Thunder on November 10, which was their fifth win over the side in as many games. It was the first time in this season that the Scorchers managed to win two back-to-back games. They’ve been pretty inconsistent throughout this season so far.
The Meg Lanning-led Perth Scorchers have lost one and won one alternately. But that changed in the last game when they beat the Sydney Thunder. The middle-order came to the party to rescue the team and put up 151 before the bowlers held their nerves to eke out a seven-run win.
Sydney Thunder has been very good in this tournament so far. This loss against the Scorchers was their first since the opening encounter against Sydney Sixers. Thunder have chased in every game but they’ve failed to chased down more than 150 in two out of the three occasions. That is one area they’ll be looking to improve.
The Perth Scorchers batting has blown hot and cold throughout this season. Amy Ellen Jones and Meg Lanning have done the bulk of the scoring. Both openers have more than 200 runs this season. The skipper has amassed 217 runs while Jones has scored 233 runs. But the duo failed in the last game which became a blessing in disguise. The under-fire middle order which hadn’t really stood up in this tournament came to the party. None of them got a big score but Georgia Redmayne, Natalie Sciver and Heather Graham got crucial 30s, which put the team in a good position. Sciver has been the only other batter who has more than 100 runs. She’s scored 173 runs at an average of 34.60. Along with Sciver, the middle order will be looking to continue the good work. Graham may not have got as many runs in this tournament as expected but she’s delivered with the ball. She has picked up seven wickets so far which is the joint-highest by a Scorchers bowler in this season. Kim Garth is the other bowler with seven wickets.
Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Georgia Redmayne, Natalie Sciver, Nicole Bolton, Heather Graham, Chloe Piparo, Jemma Barsby, Kim Garth, Samantha Betts, Taneale Peschel
Meg Lanning, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Nicole Bolton, Amy Ellen Jones, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Natalie Sciver, Kim Garth, Jemma Barsby, Samantha Betts
The Sydney Thunder batting has been good in this season. But it is the bowling that has won all the games so far. Barring the first game where they conceded 192 against the Sydney Sixers, the Thunder bowling attack has not conceded more than 155 even once.
All bowlers have fired in unison. Suzie Bates is the only bowler who has conceded more than eight runs an over but she has taken six wickets as well. Nida Dar has the most wickets for the Thunder – eight wickets at an average of 18.87. Hannah Darlington and Shabnim Ismail have contributed really well too.
Senior batter Alex Blackwell has shouldered most of the responsibility with the bat. She has scored 219 runs at an average of 54.75. However, she has been guilty of throwing away good starts. Rachel Priest has scored runs at a fair clip at the top of the order but she’s been inconsistent. Tahlia Wilson had a decent debut as she scored an unbeaten 47 but the Thunder would’ve liked her to score quicker. They will expect a lot more of the likes of Naomi Stalenberg and Rachel Trenaman.
Rachel Priest (wk), Naomi Stalenberg, Tahlia Wilson, Alex Blackwell (c), Rachel Trenaman, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Samantha Bates, Shabnim Ismail, Saskia Horley
Naomi Stalenberg, Shabnim Ismail, Hannah Darlington, Lisa Griffith, Rene Farrell, Nida Dar, Rachel Priest, Tahlia Wilson, Alex Blackwell, Sam Bates, Rachael Haynes
This is the last game of this WBBL at the WACA in Perth. The pitch here has been a very good one to bat on. The ball comes on to the bat nicely and the batters should enjoy the true bounce. It is also expected to be bright and sunny throughout the day and temperature is going to be in the high 20s throughout the game.
The WACA was one of the premier venues in Australia. However, with the emergence of the new Optus Stadium in Perth, it has gone down in the pecking order. There is no international cricket scheduled at the WACA until the Women’s T20 World Cup, which is in February next year.
This has been a tournament where most teams have opted to bowl first. Moreover, barring the last game, all other teams have opted to chase at the WACA as well. It may not be a surprise if both teams want to do the same (field first) in this game as well.
Perth Scorchers did manage to break Sydney Thunder’s five-match unbeaten streak. However, Thunder looks the better team at the moment and have been very good in this tournament and they will start this game as favourites. They have a strong bowling attack, which has restricted the opposition to par and under-par totals.
Sydney Thunder Women to win the match!