Sydney Sixers Women began their season on the perfect note by registering an emphatic win over cross-town rivals Sydney Thunder. They dominated the game from start to finish and not once did they look troubled in the entire encounter. Now they lock horns with defending champions, Brisbane Heat Women in the repeat of last season’s final. It would be quite a statement if Brisbane Heat manages to get one over the star-studded, rampant Sixers this early in the competition.
19th October 2019
Sydney Sixers Women vs Brisbane Heat Women
1:40 PM IST
North Sydney Oval, Sydney
Mostly Cloudy conditions with minimal chances of rain and temperature ranging around 24 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
The surface for the Sydney derby was a beauty for the batters as the ball came on to the bat and enabled them to express themselves through expansive stroke-play. There shouldn’t ideally be much change in the surface and with some fantastic batting talent on both sides, a high-scoring contest could be on the cards.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Star names Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy lived up to their reputation and set up a 49-run victory over Sydney Thunders in the opener. The duo looked in mesmerizing touch and will aim to replicate their efforts in this match. Ashleigh Gardner offered glimpses of her destructive self whilst Sarah Aley was among the wickets. Thus, no changes are expected given the complete nature of their performance.
Ellyse Perry (c), Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Jodie Hicks, Maddy Darke, Marizanne Kapp, Lauren Smith, Sarah Aley, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Stella Campbell.
Kirby Short will be leading the side and has an abundance of talented personnel in the ranks that she could bank on. Beth Mooney is the undisputed superstar in the batting department whereas the likes of Delissa Kimmince and all-rounder Sammy-Jo Johnson will have important roles to play with the bowl in hand.
Kirby Short (c), Beth Mooney, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Maddy Green, Mikayla Hinkley, Delissa Kimmince, Laura Harris, Amelia Kerr, Haidee Birkett
Considering their stupendous abilities and exquisite recent form, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry can’t be looked past when picking the players for the fantasy side. Perry scored a 48-ball 81 and playing at the top offers her a better opportunity to carve out a greater impact as compared to when she bats in the middle order. For the Heat, Beth Mooney is an obvious choice as she made the third-most runs ( 486) in last season’s title-winning campaign. Another advisable pick would be Grace Harris who incredibly picked up 16 wickets and also scored 374 runs last year, including plundering her first-ever WBBL century.
1: Ellyse Perry
2: Alyssa Healy
3: Beth Mooney
A Healy, Points: 94-96, Grade: A
B Mooney, Points: 92-94, Grade: A
E Burns, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
A Gardner, Points: 76-78, Grade: A
L Harris, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
K Short, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
E Perry, Points: 98-100, Grade: A
G Harris, Points: 88-90, Grade: A
S Aley, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
L Smith, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
H Silver-Holmes: 54-56, Grade: A