2019 Women’s Big Bash League – Sydney Sixers Women vs Sydney Thunder Women Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sydney Sixers Women vs Sydney Thunder Women taking place? Friday 18th October, 2019 – 09:40 (UK)

Where is Sydney Sixers Women vs Sydney Thunder Women taking place? North Sydney Oval, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Sydney Sixers Women vs Sydney Thunder Women? 22c and sunshine forecast all day

What television channel is Sydney Sixers Women vs Sydney Thunder Women on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to WBBL05 matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Sydney Sixers Women vs Sydney Thunder Women in the UK? If televised, BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Sixers Women vs Sydney Thunder Women? Visit the official BBL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Sydney Thunder Women beat Sydney Sixers Women by 8 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY SIXERS WOMEN

  • Sydney Sixers come into this fifth edition of the Women's Big Bash League determined to go one step further after finishing as runners-up last year but they do remain the most successful team in the tournament’s history having won two and finishing second in the other two.
  • The team looks incredibly strong once again as they are led by Ellyse Perry and she will be supported by Alyssa Healy who has been in outstanding form for Australia recently and the key South African duo of Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk.
  • With the two overseas all-rounders, that enables the Sixers to possess plenty of depth in both bat and ball although they will need some of their younger talents like 16-year-old Hayley Silver-Holmes to step up this season after the departure of Sarah Aley.

SYDNEY THUNDER WOMEN

  • Sydney Thunder come into this new campaign with a new-look team on and off the pitch as they have appointed Trevor Griffin as their new coach and Rachael Haynes as captain as she replaces Alex Blackwell although the veteran has re-signed for another season in Thunder’s colours.
  • Thunder will be without Indian T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur this season as the longer format of the WBBL clashes with India’s month-long tour of the Caribbean so the team opted not to renew her contract but they have signed Nida Dar who becomes the first Pakistani woman to play in the tournament.
  • Another major absence for Thunder is that of West Indian all-rounder Stefania Taylor who was their leading wicket-taker with 19 last season and she has the team’s highest average with the bat (35.33) so without her and Harmanpreet, they do look to be lacking star power this time around.

THE PREDICTION

The fifth edition of WBBL kicks off with the Sydney derby as last season’s runners-up Sixers face off against the Thunder. Recent meetings have been relatively even in the last couple of editions with Thunder clearly raising their game when playing against their rivals. They have however lost some key players this year and they will struggle to replace Harmanpreet Kaur and Stefania Taylor. The Sixers have retained their stars and the likes of Perry, Healy, Kapp and Van Niekerk should lead them to an opening victory here.

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