Date and Day: November 20, 2019, Wednesday
Match 40: Adelaide Strikers Women vs Sydney Thunder Women
Time: 9:00 A.M IST/ 2:30 A.M local time
Venue: North Dalton Park, Wollongong
Adelaide Strikers women’s team will play Sydney Thunder on Sunday at North Dalton Park, Wollongong. They will be locking horns in this edition for the first time. Adelaide Strikers are doing well in this edition while Sydney Thunders are still finding their strategy which works out for them on the field. Both teams started the campaign well although they are separated by recent form. Thunder comes into this game on the back of consecutive losses with time running out for them.
Adelaide strikers are on number 2 in the points table while playing 9 games and winning 6 out of them and grabbing 12 points by their name. They’ll be looking forward to defending their position on the points table and root for qualifications.
Sydney Thunders, have had a roller-coaster ride this season from going up and down from top four to bottom four, they are currently struggling to find their rhythm. They have played 10 games, winning 4 games and lost 5 out of which 1 game was washed out and points were shared between thunders and Hurricanes, They need to pump up their game to get back on track.
Weather and Pitch Report
The forecast displays sunny weather, so a clear day awaits for a full game. Not much is known about the pitch here in Wollongong although teams should prefer chasing with the conditions getting better as the game goes on. Extra bounce for the bowlers to exploit has been available in almost all the WBBL venues so far and should be no different for this game as well.
In the last 5 encounters between these two, Adelaide Strikers have won 3 while Sydney Thunders have won 2 out of those in the past.
Played-5, ASW-2 , STW-3
Sydney Thunder Women’s Squad:
Rachel Priest (wk), Naomi Stalenberg, Rachael Haynes (C), Alex Blackwell, Phoebe Litchfield, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Lisa Griffith, Samantha Bates, Shabnim Ismail, Rachel Trenaman, Saskia Horley, Tahlia Wilson.
Probable playing XI: Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Priest (WK), Rachel Haynes (C), Alex Blackwell, Phoebe Litchfield, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Samantha Bates, Shabnim Ismail, Lisa Griffith.
Adelaide Strikers Women’s Squad:
Suzie Bates(c), Sophie Devine, Tahlia McGrath, Bridget Patterson, Lauren Winfield, Katie Mack, Tegan McPharlin(w), Amanda Wellington, Sarah Coyte, Alex Price, Megan Schutt, Ellie Falconer, Annie O Neil, Darice Brown, Tabatha Saville
Probable Playing XI:
Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates (C), Tahlia McGrath, Bridget Patterson, Lauren Winfield, Katie Mack, Amanda Wellington, Tegan McPharlin (WK), Megan Schutt, Sarah Coyte, Alex Price
The Strikers are favorites on paper with Sophie Devine in red hot form this season. With the likes of Rachael Haynes and Rachael Priest in their ranks, Sydney Thunder shouldn’t be taken lightly and should prove to be a tough test for Bates and co.
Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates, Tahlia McGrath, Bridget Patterson, Rachel Priest, Naomi Stalenberg, Rachael Haynes, Alex Blackwell, Phoebe Litchfield, Nida Dar, Megan Schutt