December 1, 2022
Match Preview – Sixers vs Strikers, WBBL 2022/23, Final

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The stakes are clearly huge as the eighth edition of the WBBL kicks off on Saturday at the North Sydney Oval.

The Sydney Sixers will be looking to reclaim their status as the powerhouse of the WBBL, while the Adelaide Strikers will be striving for redemption after losing last year’s decider against the Perth Scorchers.

The Sixers dominated the early years of the competition and featured in the first four finals, including back-to-back titles in the second and third editions. But they haven’t won since their win over the Scorchers in February 2018 and suffered a wooden spoon setback last season.

After a remarkable surge, the Sixers would start as favorites against the Strikers after a dominating regular season where they finished top with 11 wins and automatically qualified for the finals.

Standing in their way is a side looking for their maiden title. They will be out to haunt the Scorchers defeat exactly 12 months ago and nine players from that match are likely to take the field on Saturday.

Blessed with arguably the best attack in the tournament, the Strikers should feel confident having beaten the Sixers just a month ago in the last clash between the teams this season.

A near-capacity crowd is expected at North Sydney Oval in a strong end to a tournament.

form guide

(last five completed matches; most recent first)

sydney sixers WWWWW
adelaide strikers WWWLNR

in the headlines

After being crowned player of the WBBL, Ashley Gardner Arguably being touted as the best all-around player in the country. His impressive season included 339 runs at 153.39 strike-rate and 23 wickets at 15.08, with his off-spin improving significantly. She has emerged as a world-class all-rounder and has re-signed with the Sixers for another three years. There’s a lot of hype surrounding the 25-year-old and all eyes will be on Gardner on the big stage.

Skipper if strikers have to earn redemption Tahlia McGrath Should probably be a big game. The all-rounder was sluggish against the Heat in his bid to return to the bowling after suffering a back injury at the start of the month. He confirmed his availability to bowl in the final in a crucial substitute against the high-voltage batting line-up of the Sixers. After being named vice-captain for Australia’s upcoming T20I tour of India, McGrath will be out to demonstrate his leadership skills under pressure.

team news

The six-hitters should be well rested after a week’s rest and should also get the advantage of playing at home. They’ve got superstars across the board, with an even spread of contributors with young quick Kate Peterson stepping up in place of the injured Matalon Brown.

sydney sixers (Probable): 1 Suzie Bates, 2 Alyssa Healy (wk), 3 Alyssa Perry (c), 4 Ashleigh Gardner, 5 Erin Burns, 6 Nicole Bolton, 7 Sophie Ecclestone, 8 Kate Pietersen, 9 Angelina Jolie, 10 Lauren Chettle, 11 Stella Campbell

After their tense win at The Challenger against the Brisbane Heat on Thursday night, the Strikers haven’t had much time to rest – they were on a 6am flight to Sydney – but they are enjoying their time around North Sydney Oval. Megan Schutt starred with a brilliant six-wicket haul five days earlier, where they beat the Sydney Thunder. They have a tight final team with a core group of strikers from last season.

adelaide strikers (Probable): 1 Katie Mack, 2 Laura Wolvaardt (wk), 3 Tahlia McGrath (c), 4 Deandra Dottin, 5 Bridget Patterson, 6 Madeline Penna, 7 Tegan McFarlin (wk), 8 Amanda-Jade Wellington, 9 Gemma Barsby , 10 Megan Schutt, 11 Darcy Brown

pitch and terms

Sunny conditions are forecast in Sydney with a maximum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius to complement the picturesque North Sydney Oval. The pitch is generally conducive to batting and the ground’s short boundaries and quick outfield ensure a high-scoring contest.

statistics and general knowledge

  • Overall, the Sixers have won 12 out of 17 matches against the Strikers.
  • Megan Schutt and Amanda-Jade Wellington are among the top four wicket-takers of the tournament.
  • The only final of WBBL06 not to feature either the Sixers or the Strikers was when the Sydney Thunder defeated the Melbourne Stars to claim the title.
  • mention

    “I think given the intensity of the competition and how many games we’ve played in such a short amount of time, this week is a real advantage. I think everyone got a chance to work on something or get what they wanted.” It was also a really great opportunity to spend some more time together.”
    ellyse perry No worries after the break before the final

    “Losing a final is never easy. We were very disappointed last year and we used that hunger to drive us through the season. We’re going out there without any fear, to play our best cricket, and we’re going to lift that trophy.” Wanted too bad.”
    Tahlia McGrath On airing last season’s near miss

    Tristan Lovelett is a journalist based in Perth

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