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WBBL Preview: Both teams look to create history

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In the T20 fest in Australia, we have a great game to look forward to today, with the Women’s Big Bash Final between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers. This has been a huge season for the women’s game, which started with record attendance and viewership figures for the Women’s Ashes, and this has followed through to an excellent WBBL tournament that most certainly deserves to be stand alone, but that is a discussion for another day.

Both teams are packed with match-winners who can swing the game their team’s way, and with T20 the kind of game where one over can change the momentum of a game, it could be one where we will be unsure of the result right until the very end.

One way or another, history will be made in this game. If the Scorchers win, it will be their first ever WBBL title. If the Sixers win, they will be the first team to win two WBBL titles. In a rematch of last year’s final, Perth will be keen to get revenge.

Key to a Perth Scorchers win

Perth possess two of the top three WBBL03 run scorers in their team. Elyse Villiani has been superb, 
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topping the run chart with 519 runs at a superb average and strike rate of 43.25 and 131.05 respectively. Nicole Bolton is not too far behind in third place, and has been a key stalwart for Perth at the top of the order. 
In addition, Perth have the top wicket taker – the magnificent Katherine Brunt, who has taken 23 wickets at an average of 10.47 and economy rate of just 4.72.
These three players hold the key for Perth, and if the team can perform well around them, they could very well be on their way to their first WBBL title.

Key to a Sydney Sixers win

Sydney Sixers also possess excellent performers, who sit top of the WBBL charts. Ellyse Perry is a huge key for the Sixers. A superhuman sportswoman, Perry has had an incredible summer. Following on from her superb Ashes performance, which included a double hundred, Perry has scored 516 runs at 43.00 in WBBL03, and while her strike rate of 99.00 might seem low, it has helped others bat around her. Beneficiaries include Ash Gardner (who was brilliant in the semi) and the excellent Alyssa Healy.

Another key will be if the Sixers bowlers can get on top of the Scorchers strong batting line up. Sarah Aley and Dane van Niekerk sit right behind Katherine Brunt in the wicket taking charts, and the Sixers will be hoping these two in particular can put the squeeze on the scorchers line up. Add Sarah Coyte who has taken seven wickets since her return, and Garth who has taken at least one wicket in her last eight games, and the Sixers possess a strong attack.

Stats and Facts:

  • If Perth win, it will be the first instance of a team outside of Sydney winning the WBBL. Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder have one title each to date.
  • The Perth Scorchers have won both encounters against the Sydney Sixers this season. The first was by 9 wickets and the second by 6 wickets. Both wins were achieved with over an over to spare.
  • This is the Sixers’ third final, and Perth’s second.

Prediction:

This one can go either way.
Perth will be desperate to continue their good run against the Sixers this season to lift their first WBBL title. However, Sydney Sixers possess the experience and know-how to win the big games, and this is why I will pick the Sixers to win in a tight game, and lift their second WBBL title.
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Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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