Brisbane Heat Women vs Sydney Thunder Women
12th January 2019, 13:45 IST
Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns, Australia.
For the first time this season, Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns will play host to a cricket match as the green turf is expected to favour the batters early on while the purchase off the surface could prove to assist the seamers as well.
The Sydney Thunder, assured of a place in the knockouts stage courtesy of a stupendous show that has earned them nine wins from 13 matches, will be looking to cap off their league stage fixtures with a win against the Brisbane Heat, yet another team guaranteed of a place in the last stage.
The two teams have already met once this season in a game that was dominated by the Thunder and with momentum an important feature going into the knockouts, the match promises to be a mouth-watering prospect.
Form Guide (most recent to oldest)
Brisbane Heat Women: W, L, W, W, L (Good Form)
Hobart Hurricanes Women: W, W, NR, W, L (Very good form)
Head to Head
Total matches played: 7
Won by Brisbane Heat Women: 3 (42.8%)
Won by Sydney Thunder Women: 4 (57.2%)
N/R: 0 (0%)
Previous Match XI and Probable Changes
Brisbane Heat Women
Beth Mooney (wk), Grace Harris, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Kirby Short (c), Jess Jonassen, Josephine Dooley, Laura Harris, Delissa Kimmince, Laura Wolvaardt, Jemma Barsby, Georgia Prestwidge.
Probable changes: None.
Sydney Thunder Women
Rachel Priest (wk), Rachael Haynes, Naomi Stalenberg, Alex Blackwell (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Nicola Carey, Stafanie Taylor, Rachel Trenaman, Lisa Griffith, Samantha Bates, Belinda Vakarewa.
Probable changes: None
My dream XI
Beth Mooney has looked solid at the top of the order for the Brisbane Heat and has also been on top of her game behind the stumps. With 305 runs from 13 games, Mooney averages 30.50 and has two half-centuries to her credit.
Thunder skipper Alex Blackwell has not looked in the best of form but with a match-winning 66* against the Renegades, Blackwell will be a key factor of the Thunder middle-order against a confident Heat bowling unit.
Rachael Haynes is yet another player to watch out for and leads the batting chart for the Thunder with 319 runs from 11 matches. However, she has not struck her best in the last two games and will be itching to get back to form.
Similar to Blackwell, Heat skipper Kirby Short has been short of runs from the last few games and can be expected to put up a strong display against the Thunder bowlers while for the Thunder, Naomi Stalenberg’s contribution in the middle overs could prove to be crucial.
Stafanie Taylor’s golden arm has been one of Thunder’s driving factors this season and with 17 wickets from 13 matches, Taylor’s off-spinners will be key to restrict the Heat batters to a chaseable score on the board.
In partnership with Mooney at the top of the batting order for the Heat, Grace Harris has lit up the season for the Heat with an explosive style of batting. From 13 matches, Harris has notched up 343 runs, including an important half-century against the same team earlier this season.
Sammy Jo-Johson proved to be double the trouble for the Stars in Brisbane’s last game with three wickets and 30 important runs. Gifted with an ability to strike with the ball at the start and in the death coupled with her contribution with the bat in the middle overs makes her a vital addition to this team.
Delissa Kimmince has constantly found her place in the top wicket-takers list and with 17 wickets from 13 games, leads the charts for the Heat. With her ability to bring down the best of batting units, her medium-pacers will hold the aces against the well-stacked up Thunder batting unit.
Partnering Kimmince will be Jemma Barsby, who has been rewarded with good returns for her persistent line and length. With 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.80, Barsby has proved to be a wicket-taker and can be expected to trouble the Thunder batters with her nagging consistency.
Lisa Griffith has endured a lop-sided season with nine wickets from 10 games but the medium pacer will be banked on to provide crucial breakthroughs, which could give the Thunder an important edge in the game.
Captain and vice-captain: Sammy Jo-Johnson and Beth Mooney.
Player to watch out for: Sammy Jo-Johnson
The all-rounder breathed fire in the Heat’s previous game against the Stars and with three wickets from four overs and a 14-ball 30, led her team to a comfortable victory. Against the Thunder, Jo-Johnson will be a vital cog in the Heat line-up and will hold the aces to plot the downfall of the Thunder.