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

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 15th December, 08:00 (UK)

Where? Bellerive Oval

Weather? Temperatures of 22c with cloud and a chance of rain that could affect play

What channel is it on? This match will be shown on BT Sport 3

Where can I stream the match? This match will be streamed on the BT Sport app and website

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

THE TEAM NEWS

Hobart Hurricanes

Coach: Salliann Briggs

Captain: Sasha Moloney

  • Hobart Hurricanes emphatically got off the mark in this year’s Women’s Big Bash League as they cruised past Melbourne Stars by 72 runs after setting a target of 196-6 which was their highest ever WBBL score.
  • India international Smriti Mandhana scored an excellent 69 off 41 deliveries to help the Hurricanes on their way, with English all-rounder Heather Knight wrapping up the tail with three wickets, including a wonderful one-handed caught and bowled.
  • Barbadian all-rounder Hayley Matthews sustained a knee injury in that win and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, so English spinner Alex Hartley has replaced her, whilst 20-year-old Mikayla Hinkley is called up after signing as an injury replacement for Emma Thompson who sustained a broken finger during training.

Sydney Sixers

Coach: Ben Sawyer

Captain: Ellyse Perry

  • Sydney Sixers beat their city rivals Sydney Thunder by 36 runs to win their second game in a row as they continue their search for a third WBBL title in a row and they look in ominous form even at this early stage of the tournament.
  • Skipper Ellyse Perry is in blistering form once again this season - she was the leading run scorer in last year’s competition - having scored 72 off 66 balls last time out and a century in the Sixers’ game against Perth.
  • Perry has also picked up three wickets with the ball, but the Sixers’ main bowling threat comes from South African spinner Dane van Niekerk who has four wickets in the opening three games.

THE PREDICTION

In this year’s Women’s Big Bash League, everybody is trying even harder than normal to beat the Sydney Sixers who have set a marker down once again with some impressive performances so far. They have won back-to-back championships and, in the search of a third consecutive title, they have started pretty well. The Sixers face a Hurricanes side that whilst they are coming off a big win, lost an important player in Hayley Matthews to injury so the Sixers could continue their strong start to the campaign if rain does not ruin any prospects of play here.