All Eyes on Ellyse Perry as Melbourne Renegades look to get one back against Sydney Sixers!
Sydney Sixers to win the match!
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|Adelaide Strikers Women||9||6||3||0||0||12||0.761|
|Sydney Sixers Women||8||6||2||0||0||12||0.496|
|Perth Scorchers Women||9||5||4||0||0||10||-0.353|
|Sydney Thunder Women||9||4||4||0||1||9||-0.475|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||8||4||4||0||0||8||0.016|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||9||2||6||0||1||5||-0.376|
|Melbourne Stars Women||9||1||8||0||0||2||-0.919|
After a week-long gap, Melbourne Renegades will be on the field yet again this Sunday but their return won’t be an easy one considering that it is against the current table-toppers Sydney Sixers. Renegades are in decent shape after winning their last two games but their last loss came against Sydney Sixers and that adds a lot of spice to this fixture.
On the other hand, Sydney Sixers have also won two matches in a row after losing against Brisbane Heat for the second time this season. Their most recent win came against rivals Sydney Thunder on Friday at the same venue where this match against Renegades will also take place.
Superstar Ellyse Perry toughed it out on a tricky Drummoyne Oval pitch to end up with 81 runs and this helped Sydney Sixers post a total of 152-3 after 20 overs. The above-par total played into the hands of the experienced Marizanne Kapp and Sarah Aley with Sydney Thunder only managing to score 112 from their allotted overs.
Without any doubt, the star of the show for Sydney Sixers has been Ellyse Perry. Although she has not really set the WBBL on fire, her batting displays have been amazingly consistent. At 2nd spot in the run-scoring charts, Perry has amassed 432 runs in just 8 matches until now. Giving her good company is one of the world's most destructive batters in Alyssa Healy. Although not at her best, Healy has contributed with 283 runs while also being as safe as ever behind the stumps.
The lack of runs from the rest of the roster has been neutralized to an extent by some superb displays from the bowling attack. Sarah Aley and Marizanne Kapp have 8 wickets to their name while Dane Van Niekerk follows them closely with 8 scalps. If one is going to be critical, it is only Sydney Sixers' 5th bowler that has turned to be a weak point for the team.
Ellyse Perry (C), Alyssa Healy (WK), Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Maddy Darke, Lauren Smith, Sarah Aley, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Stella Campbell
Lauren Smith, Maddy Darke, Stella Campbell, Jodie Hicks, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Sarah Aley, Erin Burns, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Marizanne Kapp, Alyssa Healy
Melbourne Renegades, on their own, have an inspirational captain in Jess Duffin and a formidable team too. In fact, their batting line-up could stand toe to toe against the Sydney Sixers batters in their day. Jess Duffin has been the stand-out with 271 runs while Danielle Wyatt has also been good with a little over 200 runs.
While four batswomen have more than a hundred runs for Renegades, it is their bowling that has been a problem. The likes of Maitlan Brown, Molly Strano, and Sophie Molineux have been good but the team has found it difficult to source wickets from the rest of the bowlers. Georgia Wareham has probably been the most disappointing bowler in the tournament and that has hurt her team badly.
However, all of Renegades' bowling including Wareham put in a good shift against Hobart Hurricanes in the last match to restrict the visitors to just 108-8. Later on, the English duo of Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont tracked down the target in a comfortable manner. So, it would be understandable that a favorable result for Melbourne from this match against Sydney Sixers lies solely in the hands of their bowlers.
Sophie Molineux, Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Jess Duffin (C), Josie Dooley (WK), Courtney Webb, Georgia Wareham, Maitlan Brown, Carly Leeson, Molly Strano
Maitlan Brown, Danielle Wyatt, Erica Kershaw, Sophie Molineux, Lea Tahuhu, Molly Strano, Tammy Beaumont, Carly Leeson, Courtney Webb, Georgia Wareham, Josie Dooley
Batting wasn’t a straightforward job in the game against Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder. It remains to be seen whether the curator at the Drummoyne Oval persists with such a sporting track or dishes out some belters for the rest of the fixtures at this venue. With this ground being known for big scores, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if the latter happens. Meanwhile, the weather doesn’t look great for this game as showers are predicted before and during the game. There will be a slight breeze flowing across the ground.
The Drummoyne Oval is used for cricket and Australian football with the Sydney Sixers women's team using the venue as their home ground since 2016. With light towers being installed in 2013 as part of a massive development process, the Drummoyne Oval is a beautiful venue for any sporting action.
With this match being an afternoon game, batting first might have been ideal if there was perfect weather forecast on Sunday. However, with showers expected in the morning and afternoon, it is ideal to go for chasing. Even if the match isn’t delayed or interuppted, bowling first will help either of the two sides to take advantage of any moisture on the pitch.
Without any surprise, we will be going with a Sydney Sixers win in this game. However as a prediction within a prediction, we also expect someone who does not go by the name of Ellyse Perry to play a massive role on Sunday.
Sydney Sixers to win the match!