About the Match
Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades women will take on each other in the 2nd match of the BBL series on 10th December at Sydney and they will try to put their best foot forward to entertain their fans. Both sides had a poor run last season and will be motivated to perform better this time around with bat and ball; the team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders under crunch situations, will be better placed to win on Saturday.
Lauren Ebsary will lead the side that has batsmen like Bridget Patterson, Sarah Taylor and all-rounders Sarah Coyte, Stacy-Ann King, Shelley Nitschke and Alexandra Price, who can try to bring out all their batting firepower to intimidate the Renegades bowlers. Whether batting first or during the chase, they will try to get the big runs right from the start and build a good foundation. The batting line-up is deep and with a solid top-order, the Strikers can prove to be a tough unit to crack.
The bowling department has Sophie Devine, Megan Schutt and Samantha Betts bringing in their pace skills while spinners like Hannah Perry, Amanda Wellington and left-arm bowler Shelley Nitschke will try to use their variations to outsmart the opposition here.
The last season was a disappointment for the team but they will be eager to make a fresh start with a convincing win on Saturday; Ebsary’s leadership skills could be tested but with the help of other senior players, she could guide the team to victory here.
They had finished at the bottom of the table last year and will like to wipe out those memories with redemption this season. Sarah Elliott, the experienced batsman and spinner will captain the team that has players like Kris Britt, Rachael Priest from New Zealand, Cassie Brock, South-African batsman Dane van Niekerk and Danielle Wyatt from England. All-rounders Nicola Hancock, Kristy Lamb, Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano and Jenny Taffs could use their talents to stabilise the innings from the middle and also blow away the opposition with their pace and spin tactics.
Leg-spinners Kris Britt, Jenny Taffs and Georgia Wareham bring depth to the bowling squad that consists of other spinners like Danielle Wyatt, Molly Strano, Sophie Molineux and speedsters Hancock and Kristy Lamb, with the right and left combination. They have pacer Briana Binch in the team who could provide quick breakthroughs and stifle the opposition here.
With a well-balanced team of spinners and fast-bowlers, the Renegades can try to contain the Strikers to a lowly total if fielding first or stop them from reaching a target; the batsmen will have a lot to prove this season, and they will be geared up to put up some fireworks on Saturday.
It’s a clean slate for both sides and the players will be charged up to help their team earn two points with a win here; while the match could swing either way, we feel that Renegades with their experience and spin power, do have the edge to win in their opening match