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24 Jan 2019 by Rob Esteva

2018 Women's Big Bash League Final – Sydney Sixers Women vs Brisbane Heat Women Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 25th January, 03:45 (UK)

Where? Drummoyne Oval, Sydney

Weather? 24-26c with sunshine forecast all day

What channel is it on? Sydney Sixers Women vs Brisbane Heat Women will be shown live on BT Sport 2

Where can I stream the match? Sydney Sixers Women vs Brisbane Heat Women will be streamed live on the BT Sport website and app.

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THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY SIXERS WOMEN

Coach: Ben Sawyer

Captain: Ellyse Perry

  • Sydney Sixers maintained their outstanding record of having reached every single WBBL final since it began four years ago and they will be looking to win their third consecutive title as they face off against Brisbane Heat.
  • They topped the ladder in the group phase but their match in the semi-finals against Melbourne Renegades was incredibly close and it took skipper Ellyse Perry to produce the goods in a Super Over to narrowly win and progress to the final.
  • The reliance on skipper Perry was evident once again in the semi-final as she hit an unbeaten half century and the tournament’s top runscorer will be absolutely key to their hopes of retaining the trophy once again.

BRISBANE HEAT WOMEN

Coach: Peter McGiffin

Captain: Kirby Short

  • Brisbane Heat sealed their place in the WBBL04 final in similarly dramatic fashion as their match with Sydney Thunder went down to the wire as Jess Jonasson took a wicket with the final ball when the Thunder needed five to win or four to play a Super Over.
  • The Heat will take heart from the fact that they beat the Sixers by 66 runs the last time they met and they arguably have the edge in form from the back end of the group phase having won five of their last six matches coming into this final.
  • While they do not possess any player of the level of Ellyse Perry, their runs and wickets have been spread much more evenly throughout their team and do not rely as heavily on any one individual so that may work in their favour if they can neutralise Perry.

THE PREDICTION

If the WBBL04 final is anything as exciting as the two semi-finals, fans are in for a treat as the Sixers face off with the Heat. History is on the Sydney outfit’s side as they have won two editions and were runners-up in the other so there is little doubting their calibre. The Heat however will not be daunted by facing them having beaten them in the group stage and the Sixers have shown in recent matches that they are not invincible. The Sixers have to be favoured as Perry is a superstar but this could go down to the wire.

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