AT A GLANCE
When? Wednesday 19th December, 03:45 (UK)
Where? The Gabba, Brisbane
Weather? Some cloud but no risk of rain and a high of 28c forecast
What channel is it on? This match will not be televised in the UK
Where can I stream the match? This match cannot be streamed in the UK
Are tickets still available? https://www.bigbash.com.au/tickets?state=all&gender=women
THE TEAM NEWS
BRISBANE HEAT WOMEN
Coach: Peter McGiffin
Captain: Kirby Short
- Brisbane Heat Women come into this WBBL clash off the back of an emphatic win away at the Melbourne Renegades, where they beat their Stars’ counterparts by 21 runs after hitting an impressive 174/8.
- The most pleasing aspect of the batting performance was that multiple players contributed to the total with none of them surpassing 31 but there were some excellent contributions throughout the team.
- The Heat sit in mid-table after two wins and two losses with a game-in-hand and superior run-rate over the Melbourne Stars who make the long trip to Brisbane and the hosts will be keen to leapfrog here with a win.
MELBOURNE STARS WOMEN
Coach: David Hemp
Captain: Kristen Beams
- Melbourne Stars are a much better team this season after their struggles in the lower-half of the ladder in their previous campaign as they currently sit in third place after three wins from five and will hope to keep chasing the Sydney sides above hem with a fourth victory.
- Stars’ skipper Kristen Beams made her long-overdue return to the team last weekend after nine months’ absence due to rupturing her Achilles in April, with the former Australian international named player-of-the-match on Sunday against the Perth Scorchers after taking 3/13.
- Bowler Holly Ferling put in a good performance against Perth Scorchers and returns to former club Brisbane for the first time since transferring to Melbourne Stars after three years with the Heat.
The last time these sides met in WBBL03, Brisbane Heat Women won by five wickets at The Gabba and lost in Melbourne to the Stars by six. After a shaky start, the Melbourne Stars are a different outfit this season, and the return of veteran captain Kristen Beams to the side will only embellish this. However, Brisbane Heat proved themselves last time out at the Renegades to be more dangerous than their two losses this season suggest, and with Australian internationals Mooney and Jonassen in the side, a close fought match may again be edged by home advantage.