About the Match
Replicating the outcome in the men’s tournament, the Women’s BBL will also culminate with a title clash against Scorchers and Sixers on 28th January at Perth. Scorchers Women emerged victorious against Brisbane Heat by a superb 9 wickets while the Sixers Women charged ahead into the finals with a 103-run victory against Hurricanes. Both teams have a good balance between experience and youthful talent that would be raring to go and take their respective team to glory. When these two sides met twice during the league, the Sixers had brutally defeated the Scorchers both times and will have the upper hand here; it needs to be seen if the hosts can make amends this time around.
A disciplined bowling attack by spinner Emma King, who took 2-17 against Heat in the semi-final, and speedsters like Cleary and Heather Graham, who claimed a wicket each, helped them restrict the opponents to 124 and set up the base for a win. Opener Elyse Villani posted a superb unbeaten 52 to start the chase on a strong note while captain Suzie Bates contributed well on the other side with a well-made 27 to steer the team across the finish line with more than 4 overs to spare.
When they met Sixers in the league stage, the batting line-up had crumbled under pressure and failed to chase down a lowly target of 133; Bates had led from the front with a superb 52 while Piparo and Brunt played useful knocks but they fell short by 12 runs. English speedster Anya Shrubsole had done well to take 2-20 while others like Brunt, Bates, King and Hartshorn took a wicket each to stifle the opponents to 132 but the batsmen put up a dismal show.
Again, it was a lack of determination from the batting line-up that led to their defeat against Scorchers by 4 wickets the very next day; a good performance by the bowling team wasn’t sufficient to defend the lowly total of 129 runs. They have an in-form bowling squad that can pose a tough challenge to Sixers here.
The batting line-up has some powerful stroke masters like wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy, who scored a stunning 77 off 45 against Hurricanes to set up a 169-run target batting first in the semi-final. McGlashan and Kapp are strong middle-order batsmen who could stabilize the innings while players like Gardner, Perry and all-rounder Niekerk add depth to the unit.
Defending 169, spinner Niekerk put up a sensational performance, taking 3-15 and causing a run-out; Gardner, Garth, Kapp and Aley helped demolis the Hurricanes and got them all-out for just 66 runs. The 103-run victory has come as a morale boost for the team and they could prove to be a tough nut to crack again.
Having defeated Scorchers twice before, the Sixers have an edge here and they will be determined to outclass the hosts with bat as well as ball on Saturday.
The long tournament has seen both these sides put up their best foot forward on many occasions and they will surely bring all their firepower to emerge victorious in this title clash. While the contest could well go down to the wire, we feel that the red-hot Sixers’ batting unit makes the visitors better placed to lift the trophy.