2018 Women's Big Bash League – Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 16th December, 03:10 (UK)

Where? Geelong Cricket Ground

Weather? 24c with thundery showers that could affect play

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 saved by the weather in their last game against Adelaide Strikers as after being set a total of 78 off 11 overs (DLS method), the Strikers were 27-2 off 4.3 overs before rain cancelled the game.
  • Australia international Sophie Molineux was 44 not out when the Renegades innings was called off due to weather but aside from her, only Emma Inglis reached double figures, and they will look to improve on that here if they can avoid another match being rain affected which is possible.
  • England international Danni Wyatt made her debut for the Renegades in their first game of the double-header against the Strikers as she scored 62 off 47 balls in their last-ball victory and she will likely be a key figure for the team moving forward now.

Brisbane Heat

Coach: Peter McGiffin

Captain: Kirby Short

  • Brisbane Heat lost their second game of this year’s Women’s Big Bash League last time out after being bowled out for 164 in an attempt to chase Sydney Thunders’ huge total of 192 despite their valiant efforts.
  • Opener Grace Harris gave the Heat a shot at reaching the big target with her 54 off 28 balls but her dismissal kickstarted a dramatic collapse of six wickets for just ten runs, and it ultimately proved to be too much for them.
  • 26-year-old Sammy-Jo Johnson is tied atop the wicket-taking charts in the WBBL with five wickets and they will be hoping South Africa international all-rounder Sune Luus can begin to pick up some wickets after not getting any in her opening three games.

THE PREDICTION

The Heat would have been hoping to have had a better start to the season but with all the quality they have in their squad, there is every chance they can turn it around against the Renegades. As for Amy Satterthwaite’s side, they will need more run-scoring contributions from players other than Danni Wyatt but the Heat could edge this tight encounter. This is another match that is expected to be affected by the weather so if they can get through enough overs, it may suit the team batting second who know what the task is at hand.