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|Amy Ellen Jones||3||8||0||0||37.50|
|Dane van Niekerk||1.4||0||17||1||10.20|
Women's Big Bash League is marching quickly towards the business end of the tournament and with Hobart Hurricanes already knocked out of the tournament and Sydney Sixers already qualified, the competition now remains between the six teams for the three remaining places. Perth Scorchers have three matches remaining and considering their poor net run rate, they'd need to win at least two of those to ascertain their qualification to the next round. They'll be up against Sydney Sixers at Perth on 6th January 2018. The importance of this match cannot be understated in terms of qualification scenarios not only for Scorchers, but also for the other sides still in contention for the three playoff spots, and we expect both the sides to come out all guns blazing on Sunday.
It's been a while since the Scorchers Women have taken the field in the ongoing Big Bash League. They'll, however, be having fond memories of their last encounter where they edged Sydney Thunder to garner two important points.
Batting first on a sluggish surface, the Scorchers couldn't have had a poorer start to their innings. They lost their top three in Meg Lanning, Amy Jones, and Heather Graham inside the batting powerplay with just 30 runs on the board. Chloe Piparo was next to follow the trio with after playing a good-looking knock of 19. It was the efforts of Nicole Bolton and Lauren Ebsary who stitched together an important partnership of 78 runs which lasted till the last over of the innings.
After playing a fine innings with the bat wherein she scored an important fifty, she started off brilliantly with the ball. She picked up Rachel Priest in the first over and her spell of 4-0-26-2 played a vital role in Scorchers' effort to defend a modest 127-run total. Heather Graham happened to be the game changer with the ball for the Scorchers as she picked up two important wickets and gave away just eight runs in her three overs. She bowled an excellent last over where she defended just nine runs as Thunder ended with just three runs short of the Scorchers' total.
Meg Lanning, Amy Ellen Jones, Chloe Piparo, Heather Graham, Lauren Ebsary, M Carmichael, Kate Cross, Hayley Jensen, Taneale Peschel, Emma King, Piepa Cleary.
Although Sydney Sixers don't really have much left to do until the knockouts, they'll be ruing their last defeat against Sydney Thunder. Not only will they want to maintain their supremacy in the points table, but they'll also want to go into the knockouts with some momentum behind their back.
Sydney Sixers suffered a collective batting collapse in their last match which looked very trivial after their openers were dismissed cheaply. Over the course of the tournament, their openers have been responsible for scoring the bulk of runs for the teams with both Alyssa Healy and Elysse Perry being among the top-five scorers in the competition. Marizanne Kapp top-scored for them with a 41-ball 40 and Lauren Smith played a good supporting role which all of their top-order batters failed to do. She scored 22 off 23 deliveries.
With none of their top batters firing, the Sixers could amass a total of only 98 runs which was never going to be enough for their bowlers and it didn't prove otherwise. Despite an early loss, Sydney Thunder cruised to the target and won the match with eight wickets in hand. Rachel Haynes and Naomi Stalenberg were brilliant after Rachel Priest was dismissed by Marizanne Kapp as they batted Sixers out of the contest.
The loss could act as a much-needed wake-up call for the Sixers Women and perhaps as a match-practice for their middle-order batters. The Sixers will want to be prepared for such situations where their top-order doesn't contribute as per the expectations. Having said that, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, and Elysse Perry won't really be too bothered about their respective failures and as has been the case in the competition so far, Sydney Sixers will be a tough team to beat in all their upcoming encounters.
Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Sara McGlashan, Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Lauren Smith, Sarah Aley, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Lauren Cheatle.
Coincidentally, both teams played their last match against the same team but had contrasting results. Scorchers labored their way to a rewarding win whereas Sydney Sixers exhibited a brilliant batting collapse which may be attributed to complacency. It's an important upcoming fixture for the Scorchers where they'll be desperate to score a win. Sixers, on the other hand, won't really be too bothered about their last match's performance and draw confidence from their previous performances. Their top-order has been superb with the bat and their bowling has complemented their batting beautifully. Although they were annihilated in their last game, it could be regarded as a one-off failure and therefore they go in as firm favorites to win the upcoming encounter at Perth.
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