Adelaide Strikers Women have won their last 3 consecutive matches
Sydney Sixers Women are unbeaten since last 5 matches
Both teams are tied 1-1 in the head-to-head wins this season
Adelaide Strikers look for first title win against two-time champions Sydney Sixers
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Sydney Sixers Women made it to the WBBL final in each of the first four editions of the tournament. They have returned to stake their claim on the WBBL title after 3 seasons.
The two-time champions finished at the top in the points table this year and directly qualified for a spot in the final. One of their only two losses this season came against Adelaide Strikers, a worthy competitor and the runners-up of last year.
The strength of the Sixers’ middle order can be assessed from their win over Sydney Thunder at the North Sydney Oval. Batting first, SYSW lost both of their openers in the powerplay for just 16 runs. Skipper Perry along with Gardner added 69 runs for the 3rd wicket.
And after Perry fell for 49 runs, Gardner continued the fight taking the team to 178 runs total. Suzie Bates and Alyssa Healey are impact players at the top and even if one of them comes good, they can make a significant contribution to the team total.
Perry and Gardner’s consistency will be a huge factor in favour of Sydney Sixers Women. Then they’ve got Erin Burns and Sophie Ecclestone lower down the order with the ability to finish the game. In the bowling attack, Ecclestone, Perry, and Patterson will be the key bowlers to watch out for.
Sydney Sixers Women Predicted Playing XI:
Alyssa Healy (wk), Suzie Bates, Ellyse Perry (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns, Nicole Bolton, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Peterson, Angelina Genford, Lauren Cheatle, Stella Campbell
Adelaide Strikers Women Predicted Playing XI:
Laura Wolvaardt, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath (c), Deandra Dottin, Bridget Patterson, Madeline Penna, Tegan McPharlin (wk), Amanda Wellington, Jemma Barsby, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown
The pitch at the North Sydney Oval is batting-friendly with very little purchase for bowlers. Teams can easily score 150+ total here whether batting first or second. The weather will be partly cloudy with a high of 21 degrees Celsius
North Sydney Oval in Sydney will host the WBBL 08 final. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 151 runs in Women’s domestic T20s. While this is a par total, both teams can easily chase down a 150-160 target. Anything above 170 can be a match-winning total at this ground whose smallish boundaries also work in favour of the batters along with the pitch