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Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers will take on each other as the WBBL marches on. There have been some pretty interesting results in the opening week of the women’s BBL. One of the more confounding ones was the Brisbane Heat’s opening fixture. It was not that the side lost that match but the manner in which they did so. Being just two wickets down for 136 while chasing 172 is just incomprehensible to us.
The Perth Scorchers would be playing their third match of the season when this match comes around. The Scorchers started with a solid win against the Hobart Hurricanes and would have played the defending champions, Sydney Sixers as well.
The Perth Scorchers finished third in last season of the WBBL while Brisbane Heat finished 5th.
It difficult to describe the frustration that cricket fans would have felt while watching Brisbane Heat lose its opening game. Every game of cricket is supposed to be played between two teams that want to win. When one of those teams refuses to try and believes that it has no chance of doing so even with the majority of the resources still in place, then the match becomes a farce.
Brisbane Heat opened their tournament against the Adelaide Strikers and was at the receiving end of a terrific inning from Sophie Devine. Barsby was the only one of its bowler that was able to keep some semblance of control on the opposition. She took two wickets and gave away runs at an economy rate of just above 5 per over.
Kimmince, Jonassen, Birkett, and Luss are some of the bowlers that would like to put in an improved performance for Brisbane Heat in the upcoming match.
The most important thing though will be for its batters to show more intent. Mooney batted through the inning and scored 63 off 57 deliveries while Short made 62 off 55 deliveries. These scores are not bad when seen out of context but they are a poor effort while chasing down a score in excess of 170.
In the end, Brisbane Heat could manage only 136 with 8 wickets still in the bank.
We are hopeful that this time spent in the middle will pay dividends down the line. Players like Kimmince, Luus, Wolvaardt, and others are all quite capable of providing some power down the line as well.
Beth Mooney, Grace Harris, Sammy Jo Johnson, Kirby Short, Jess Jonassen, Sune Luus, Delissa Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt, Laura Harris, Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett.
The Perth Scorchers are definitely one of the contenders in this year’s WBBL. They have a strong top order and some very exciting youngsters in the middle. This makes their batting lineup one of the most exciting ones in the tournament.
Is there anything that has not been written about Meg Lanning? The best batter in women’s cricket and a giant of Australian cricket had a quiet time in the WorldT20 where she was not required to do too much. Alyssa Healy and the bowlers made sure that Lanning was never pushed for the duration of the tournament.
This would have only made her hungrier. Lanning is also back in Australia where the surfaces suit her style of play. Batting at the top of the order allows her the maximum possible time to make an impact and we are backing her to be the top scorer for the Perth Scorchers this season.
Lanning has Villani for company at the top of the order. The Aussie international has been in excellent ouch over the last few months. She started the WBBL with a fine 58 and is going to be one of the batters to watch out for in this tournament.
Perhaps of more interest to the Australians is going to be how Ebsary and Piparo develop over the summer. The depth of the Australian cricket is very impressive and the selectors are always on the lookout for the next up and coming star.
Bolton is going to be leading the bowling attack for the Perth Scorchers with support from King, Graham, and Cross.
The Perth Scorchers have a well-balanced side that is capable of going all the way in WBBL 04.
Elyse Villani, Amy Ellen Jones, Nicole Bolton, Heather Graham, Lauren Ebsary, Chloe Piparo, Kate Cross, B Devchand, Hayleigh Brennan, Taneale Peschel, Emma King.
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The WBBL match between Brisbane Heat and the Perth Scorchers is going to be played at the North Sydney Oval. The weather in Sydney is expected to be sunny and dry for match day. We expect the pitch to be a little slow but full of runs once the batters get stuck in.
The Perth Scorchers look a better unit than Brisbane Heat although both sides have a decent op-order. The bowling units are also pretty evenly matched to each other. The Perth Scorchers have more experience and the class of Meg Lanning which gives them the edge.
Back the Perth Scorchers to win.
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