After clinching a sensational win over the Melbourne Renegades, Perth Scorchers play its second home game against Melbourne Stars in Match 18 of WBBL 2019-20. While Perth Scorchers finds itself in the top half of the table, Melbourne Stars is yet to win a game in the competition although the likes of Lizelle Lee and Madeline Penna have done well for them. On paper, Meg Lanning’s side looks the more balanced side in spite of lacking enough firepower in the bowling department. Nevertheless, Melbourne Stars isn’t one to be taken lightly and should give the Scorchers a tough fight on Saturday.
November 2nd, 2019
1:25 PM IST
A good batting pitch awaits both sides with the previous match seeing the likes of Meg Lanning and Danielle Wyatt take full toll on the bowlers. While the pacers will get sufficient bounce, it should favour the batsmen with 160 being par on this surface.
While the rain did play spoil-sport on Friday, it isn’t the case for this case with clear skies expected on Saturday. The temperature is set to range from 18 to 20 degrees Celsius with humid conditions on the forecast as well.
Injuries: No injuries have been reported for this game
Perth should persist with the same set of players after a good win over the Renegades. Although their bowlers weren’t able to fire, Meg Lanning and Amy Ellen Jones were on song to lead Scorchers to a eight wicket win. Although they don’t possess many big names in the bowling unit, the likes of Garth and Graham have done well and will be key alongside Nat Sciver, who can bowl a couple of overs if required.
Meg Lanning, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Nicole Bolton, Chloe Piparo, Georgia Redmayne, Heather Graham, Jemma Barsby, Kim Garth, Piepa Cleary, Taneale Peschel
Melbourne Stars was unlucky to lose to the Thunder in spite of Penna’s stellar spell with the ball. Nevertheless, they should field the same side once again with much expected from Lizelle Lee, Ellyse Villani and Mignon du Preez in the top order. Their middle order lacks a bonafide finisher with Osborne and Flintoff impressing in bits and pieces. A lot depends on Penna, who starred with a good spell of leg-spin against the Thunder as they seek their first win in WBBL 2019-20
Lizelle Lee, Ellyse Villani, Mignon du Preez, Erin Osborne, Katey Martin, Tess Flintoff, Madeline Penna, Nicole Faltum, Nicola Hancock, Chloe Rafferty and Kristen Beams
Meg Lanning won Scorchers the game on Friday with a last ball six. She is a must have in the side along with Lizelle Lee, who scored a fifty in a losing cause against the Thunder. Natalie Sciver is another worth-while option while Mignon du Preez, who has scored 93 runs so far, looks good for more runs as well. Heather Graham was one of the standout bowlers last year but hasn’t hit the ground running in 2019. Nevertheless, her experience is a vital asset along with Flintoff and Osborne. Along with Barsby, Rafferty and Cleary should suffice in completing the fantasy team for this crucial game.
1. Meg Lanning
2. Lizelle Lee
3. Nat Sciver
Fantasy Team & Point Projections
Georgia Redmayne, Points: 20-22, Grade: C
Meg Lanning, Points: 90-92, Grade: A
Mignon du Preez, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
Erin Osborne, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
Natalie Sciver, Points: 68-70, Grade: A
Heather Graham, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
Lizelle Lee, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
Tess Flintoff, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
Chloe Rafferty, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
Jemma Barsby, Points: 30-32, Grade: A
Piepa Cleary, Points: 20-22, Grade: B
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