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07 Dec 2018 by Ben Morse

2018-19 Women's Big Bash League – Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 8th December, 08:10 (UK)

Where? North Sydney Oval

Weather? Sunny with brisk breeze, 23c

What channel is it on? Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder is being broadcast live on BT Sport 3

Where can I stream the match? Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder is being streamed live on the BT Sport app

Are tickets still available? https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SIXERSST18

THE TEAM NEWS

Sydney Sixers

Coach: Ben Sawyer

Captain: Ellyse Perry

  • Sydney Sixers bounced back after losing their opening game of the Women’s Big Bash to the Melbourne Stars by beating Perth Scorchers by six-wickets on Friday as they look for their third straight title.
  • Last year’s leading run-scorer and Sixers’ skipper Ellyse Perry once again continued her excellent form with the bat, finishing on 102 not out off 59 balls, after scoring 58 in the Sixers’ opening weekend loss.
  • The Sixers named an unchanged squad for their double-header this weekend which meant that many of last year’s winners returned alongside 20-year-old Australia international Lauren Cheatle, who made her debut for the Sydney club earlier in the tournament.

Sydney Thunder

Coach: Joanne Broadbent

Captain: Alex Blackwell

  • Sydney Thunder opened their Women’s Big Bash League campaign with a relatively comfortable six-wicket victory over Melbourne Victory, thanks in part to a Player of the Match performance from Australian quick bowler Rene Farrell.
  • After faltering in the semi-finals in last year’s WBBL, the Thunder will be looking to go one step further this year, and in their opening game, the Thunder’s bowlers showed the kind of form necessary to win a title, with six different bowlers chipping in with wickets.
  • Having missed the Thunder’s opening weekend victory, Indian all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur has been included in the 14-player squad to face the Sixers in match where they are likely to face a much sterner test than their opening game.

THE PREDICTION

The two Sydney clubs will face off under the lights in a blockbuster match-up for what promises to be a fantastic match. It will be the first time the Thunder have played under the lights since their season opener in the Women’s Big Bash League in 2016. As the Sixers search for their third straight WBBL title, skipper Ellyse Perry has started off in electric form, but last year’s leading wicket-taker Sarah Aley has only struck once so far in a slow start. Both teams have looked impressive already but the Sixers look to have the edge in momentum which may see them through in a match where there is very little to choose between the two teams.

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