About the Match
Defending champions, Sydney Thunder will take on Melbourne Stars, who finished 5th last season, in their opening match of the Women’s BBL at Sydney on 10th December. The Thunder women had defeated Sixers last year to lift the title and will try to get off to a winning start here; the Stars had done well to move up the ladder but not enough to make it to the playoffs. Between the two, they have a good number of hard-hitters and result-oriented bowlers, who will be eager to put some fireworks on display here. The contest could be a fierce fight between the two sides but whichever team can execute the game plan to perfection will have the edge to come out victorious.
All-rounder Alex Blackwell will lead the team and use a batting line-up that has players like Nicola Carey, Stefanie Daffara, Stafanie Taylor from South Africa and Harmanpreet Kaur from India. The batting outfit has a good mix of experience and young talent and they will be eager to get the big runs on board while setting a target or chasing one.
The bowling department has fast-bowlers Lauren Cheatle, Rene Farrell and Belinda Vakarewa while spinners Maisy Gibson, Erin Osborne and Stafanie Taylor can provide the variations to outwit the opponents. Other all-rounders include Naomi Stalenberg, Nicola Carey and Stefanie Daffara who can try to contribute with bat and ball to help their team overcome challenges on the field.
Overall, the Thunder women can pack a punch no matter how formidable the opposition is; with a good mix of pace and spin, they will try to contain the Stars from hitting big on Saturday.
The batting line-up has players like Meg Lanning, who can confidently lead the side, Lily Bardsley, Alana King, Katie Mack, Emma Inglis and English batsman Natalie Sciver, who can be useful with bat and ball. They have strong resources that could come out with all their fire power and try to post a stiff challenge to the Thunder bowlers; whether batting first or chasing a target, Lanning and her mates can stabilize the innings from the middle.
Pacers Hayley Jensen, Emma Kearney, Morna Nilesen from New Zealand and Gemma Triscari can stifle the opponents with their fast-bowling skills while leg-spinners like Kristen Beams, Alana King and Katie Mack would try to provide quick breakthrough with clever variations.
The Stars had a mixed run last season and couldn’t peak at the right time to make it to the playoffs; they will definitely try to put their best foot forward here and win the match against Thunders.
After last year’s inaugural tournament, the Women’s BBL has created a lot of buzz and it’s a good opportunity for the youngsters to showcase their talent. Both sides have experienced batsmen and bowlers who will help their respective team dominate the other on Saturday; while the contest could swing either way, we feel that the reigning champions are better motivated to win the upcoming match