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07 Dec 2018 by Ben Morse

2018-19 Women's Big Bash League – Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 8th December, 03:10 (UK)

Where? CitiPower Centre

Weather? Cloudy with a high chance of rain and 22c expected

What channel is it on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream the match? This match cannot be streamed in the UK

Are tickets still available? https://www.melbournerenegades.com.au/tickets#gender=women

THE TEAM NEWS

Melbourne Renegades

Coach: Tim Coyle

Captain: Amy Satterthwaite

  • Melbourne Renegades were defeated by six wickets in their opening game of the Women’s Big Bash by the Sydney Thunder, despite Tayla Vlaeminck’s excellent spell with the ball, finishing with figures of 4-29 so they will be looking to bounce back here.
  • 26-year-old Erica Kershaw top-scored for the Renegades with 24 from 27 balls, but they could only muster 98/8 from their allotted 20 overs and Tim Coyle’s side will need much more production from their batting line-up for them to have success this year.
  • England international Danni Wyatt is in the squad to face the squad to face Adelaide after being ruled out of the opening week by the English Cricket Board and she is coming off the back of top-scoring for England in their T20 World Cup Final loss to Australia in the Caribbean last month so expectations on her are high.

Adelaide Strikers

Coach: Andrea McCauley

Captain: Suzie Bates

  • Adelaide Strikers opened their Women’s Big Bash campaign in perfect fashion by producing an excellent all-round performance to beat the Brisbane Heat by 36 runs so they will be keen to build on that here.
  • New Zealand international Sophie Devine scored 89 off 59 balls to help the Strikers set an imposing total of 172, whilst the economic bowling of both Sarah Coyte and Megan Schutt helped restrict the Heat to just 136 off of 20 overs falling 36 runs short.
  • England spinner Danielle Hazell has been added to the squad after being forced to miss the Strikers’ opening win due to ECB regulations, whilst Tabatha Savile has been recalled after missing the opening game due to hamstring soreness to boost them.

THE PREDICTION

It may only be early in the Women's Big Bash, but a couple of early wins is a fantastic way to set the tone for a team’s campaign and Adelaide have set the foundations with their first win last time out. These two sides will play back-to-back games against each other this weekend so will know each other very well by the end of it. Following the Strikers’ dominant win in their opening game over Brisbane Heat and the addition of England international Danielle Hazell to the squad, Adelaide could extend their winning start to the season against the Renegades.

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