WBBL 2020: Heat begin title defence against promising Scorchers
Perth Scorchers are favourites to win the match
|Adelaide Strikers Women||1||1||0||0||0||2||1.871|
|Brisbane Heat Women||1||1||0||0||0||2||1.282|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Melbourne Stars Women||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sydney Sixers Women||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sydney Thunder Women||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Perth Scorchers Women||1||0||1||0||0||0||-1.282|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||1||0||1||0||0||0||-1.871|
Having won successive WBBL titles in 2018-19 and 2019-20, Brisbane Heat will look to create history by winning the trophy for the third straight time. That’s still a long way away though, and their opening fixture against Perth Scorchers will be a tricky opening fixture to begin with. Despite having so much success, Heat have lost a few players due to different reasons, notably Beth Mooney who is coincidentally with the Scorchers this season. The defending champions still have plenty of matchwinners in their side and if they can continue to get those runs which Mooney was producing consistently, they will again be hard to stop.
The Scorchers are strong too, and the left-handed opener’s addition should further bolster their stocks. There are quite a few unsung stars in the line-up and when they click as a unit, can surprise any team. Heat will be wary of the challenge and it shall be interesting to see their revamped batting order, and strategies in this game. As was the case last season, expect another intense clash between the two sides.
A semifinal finish last year was impressive but the Scorchers will be gunning to go all the way this season. And that dream has gotten stronger due to the twin stellar signings that they have made during the year. Leading all-rounder Sophie Devine and run machine Beth Mooney are priceless additions to the squad that now looks considerably stronger than it was last year. Devine’s incredible season with bat and ball was one of the prime reasons for the Strikers’ run to the final last year, and the New Zealander will want to keep that going this time around as well. Mooney was also thick among the runs, and played a vital part in Heat’s title-winning campaign, and her first game in her new franchise will ironically be against her former team.
England leggie Sarah Glenn is another smashing inclusion due to her potency with the ball. The usual suspects still there, Scorchers will be upbeat about their chances this time around. And they can’t be faulted for that thought.
B Mooney, S Devine, C Piparo, A Jones(wk), N Bolton, J Barsby, H Graham, S Glenn, T Peschel, E King, S Betts
Sarah Glenn, Beth Mooney, Piepa Cleary, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Nicole Bolton, Amy Ellen Jones, Megan Banting, Sophie Devine, Jemma Barsby, Heather Graham
A stellar figure in the Heat juggernaut last year was opener Mooney who not only scored runs almost every game but also did it with her inimitable swagger. Losing her to a transfer will hurt the reigning champions for sure but in Georgia Redmayne, Heat have a replacement who can do a solid job. Sammy-Jo Johnson is another miss, given her powerhitting abilities and utility spells with the ball. That said, Nadine de Klerk is an efficient addition to the squad that still has matchwinners in the Harris sisters and Jess Jonassen who is now skipper of the side after Kirby Short’s exit from the game.
New Zealand stars Amelia Kerr, the leg-spinning all rounder and batter Maddy Green along with Delissa Kimmince are the other trump cards in this Heat line-up. The local talents have rallied around the seasoned stars impeccably well, and the team’s unprecedented success is proof of the team’s formidable nature. Unlike the last two seasons, the Heat do have a few voids to fill and while they have the ability to move ahead seamlessly, whether they can actually do it will decide how their season pans out.
G Redmayne(wk), M Green, G Voll, G Harris, L Harris, J Jonassen(c), A Kerr, D Kimmince, M Hinkley, G Prestwidge, N Hancock
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||21||0 mm.||6.29 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|03h||25||0 mm.||4.65 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|06h||29||0 mm.||2.95 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|09h||28||0 mm.||1.86 k/h||From: SE||0%|
|12h||24||0 mm.||2.86 k/h||From: SSE||0%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||3.23 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||2.65 k/h||From: N||0%|
|21h||20||0 mm.||4.15 k/h||From: NE||0%|
It’s expected to be a rainy weekend in Sydney with roughly 70 percent chance of rain and high humidity conditions. The surfaces are expected to be hard with decent pace and bounce to begin with, as the pitches are all fresh at this point.
A venue with great Club history, the North Sydney Oval isn’t used frequently in the higher levels of the sport in Australia but has a lot of tradition associated with it. Over the years, it’s been strongly associated with Women’s international games and WBBL.
With rain expected and this being a morning game, captains would want to bowl on what should be a fresh surface whose nature is hard to fathom unless a game is played in the tournament. Chasing should be the way to go.
The defending champions are riding a crest of positivity after their successive title wins but have lost some key players this time around. While they do have the caliber to adjust, they might take time to get accustomed to the newish players. Scorchers meanwhile have made some massive signings and are looking the more balanced side on paper. We’re expecting them to emerge victorious in this fixture and it shouldn’t be an upset if it were to happen, given the strengthening of the squad.
Perth Scorchers are favourites to win the match