About the Match
The Hurricanes will go up against Scorchers in the 1st Match of the Women’s Big Bash League at Sydney on 10th December. The extremely popular T20 series which ran its inaugural series last year for the Women will feature eight teams and the opening match will surely see a lot of fan fervour; both sides have strong players with bat and ball, and they will be raring to go on Saturday. The Hurricanes had reached the semi-finals last year but couldn’t get past to the final; the Scorchers had finished fourth on the table, and both teams would be eager to do better this season and start their campaign on a winning note.
Heather Knight, the English all-rounder will lead the side consisting of batsmen like Veronica Pyke, Erin Burns, Amy Satterthwaite, Hayley Matthews from Barbados and Corinne Hall, who can keep the runs flowing and stabilize the innings while batting first or during a chase. They can focus on building steady partnerships and catch the opportunities to go for the big shots when possible.
The bowling department has speedsters like Julie Hunter, Brooke Hepburn, Satterthwaite and left-arm fast-bowler Veronica Pyke; spinners Hayley Matthews and Corinne Hall bring their skills to the table and can try to outwit the Scorchers with their well strategized tactics.
They had a mixed run last season, managing to make it to the play-offs but lost to the Sixers in the semi-finals; they have good resources with bat and ball, and will leave no stone unturned to start the season positively.
Nicole Bolton will captain the side and brings her all-rounder talent to the team; she has a batting line-up consisting of players like Chloe Piparo, Charlotte Edwards from England, Lauren Ebsary, Elysse Villani and youngsters like Megan Banting and Heather Graham, who will be determined to showcase their skills. All-rounders Suzie Bates, Deandra Dottin and Delany could try to keep the scoreboard ticking from the middle order; they could combine well to post a stiff challenge to the Hurricanes provided they manage to keep the wickets intact.
Fast-bowlers Emma Biss, Katherine Brunt, Piepa Cleary, Katie-Jane Hartshorn and Nicky Shaw can provide regular breakthroughs with the wickets while spinner Emma King would try to bring in variety to the attack. They have the experience and young talent to stifle the opposition here.
The Scorchers did well last season to make it to the top four but they will be determined to cleverly use the resources to do better this year, starting with a win in the upcoming match. Overall, they are well balanced squad with hard-hitting batsmen and result-oriented bowlers, that gives them the required firepower to edge past the other teams this season and make it to the top.
The opening match of the Women’s BBL will surely draw a lot of fanfare and keep the supporters on the edge of their seats; the contest could be well fought by both sides but we feel that Hurricanes with their batting power are better placed to emerge victorious on Saturday.