In the ongoing 09 edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder will compete in match no. 19. The game is scheduled to take place at Junction Oval, Melbourne, on the 1st of November, 2023, at 9:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Melbourne Renegades – Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Coyte, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin, Ellie Falconer, Ella Hayward, Harmanpreet Kaur, Erica Kershaw, Hayley Matthews (C), Rhiann O’Donnell, Georgia Prestwidge, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb
Sydney Thunder – Marizanne Kapp, Heather Knight (C), Lauren Bell, Samantha Bates, Paris Bowdler, Hannah Darlington, Saskia Horley, Ebony Hoskin, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Claire Moore, Olivia Porter, Lauren Smith, Tahlia Wilson, Chamari Athapaththu
Players to watch out:
The 23-year-old keeper-batter, with an average of 19.35 in the WBBL, has accumulated 774 runs from 49 innings, with a highest score of 54. Josie had a challenging lead-up to the Bash, but she has shown promise with her starts (13, 23, 15, and 19) so far. She will be eager to convert these starts into scores in the 40s and play a significant role at the top of the order.
The 23-year-old middle-order batter, with 58 Big Bash outings, has amassed 1044 runs at an average of 23.72. In addition to her batting skills, she has taken 10 wickets in 13 bowling outings, with respective bests of 54* and 3/21. Webb is continuing her notable run of form in the tournament, with scores of 12, 49*, and 31 from her first 3 outings.
The 32-year-old all-rounder maintains an average of 23.23 in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and 28.62 in the WBBL, accumulating 1832 runs from 73 outings. In her most recent outing, Heather was run out for 2, and in the first couple of games, she looked in good touch during her brief stays (18 and 13*). She has also been effective with the ball, producing figures of 3/27 (4), 0/15 (2), and 0/23 (3).
The 20-year-old pacer gained recognition following her performance in the Under-19 Championship and further impressed by taking a wicket off her first ball for New South Wales, dismissing Georgia Redmayne. After a successful 7-wicket Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) season last summer, Ebony has built on her reputation this WBBL season, picking up her maiden wicket and returning figures of 1/18 and 1/14 from a couple of outings.
The center wicket at Junction Oval, Melbourne, provides a well-balanced playing surface, slightly favoring the batters. The average score at the venue is in the 150s and suggests that it’s got enough in it for bowlers as well, especially spinners.
With partly cloudy overhead, light winds, and humidity of 63%, the temperature over Junction Oval is forecasted to hover around 17°C, promising an uninterrupted game.
Fantasy playing XI:
Tahlia Wilson, Heather Knight, Harmanpreet Kaur, Tammy Beaumont, Phoebe Litchfield, Courtney Webb, Chamari Athapaththu, Hayley Matthews, Marizanne Kapp, Sarah Coyte, Georgia Wareham
Date – November 1, 2023
Time – 9:30 AM IST
Venue – Junction Oval, Melbourne
Broadcast – The game will be live-streamed on the FanCode app and website.