WBBL Semi-Final Form Guide – Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder

When: Thursday @ 4.10am in the UK

Where: BT Sport

Perth Scorchers

Batting

In Form

  • Elyse Villani – The captain has led from the front this season with 481 runs at a Strike Rate of 134.
  • Nicole Bolton – Has made her case for a return to the Southern Stars T20 side she was dropped from in 2016, with 440 runs at 101.

Watch Out For

  • Lauren Ebsary – The 34-year-old veteran has played a crucial role down the order for the Scorchers, with 155 runs at 117.

Bowling

In Form

  • Katherine Brunt – The leading wicket-taker in WBBL03, with 22 wickets; and the lowest Economy Rate in the competition*, going at just 4.61 runs per over.
  • Piepa Cleary – With 12 wickets and an Economy Rate of 6.02, her medium pace has kept things tight in the middle overs.

Watch Out For

  • Nat Sciver – The England all-rounder hasn’t had a great WBBL with the ball, taking just 4 wickets at 7.78 – so she is due a performance, and she likes a big stage!

Sydney Thunder

Batting

In Form

  • Rachel Haynes – The Southern Stars stand-in skipper might not actually be Meg Lanning, but she has been doing a pretty good impression recently – leading the Aussies as they retained the Women’s Ashes, and scoring 425 runs in WBBL, at a Strike Rate of 121.
  • Alex Blackwell – The Thunder captain has been her usual solid presence in the middle order, making 329 runs at 99.

Watch Out For

  • Naomi Stalenberg – She might have slipped slightly out of the limelight recently, with the emergence of Beth Mooney and Ashleigh Gardner; but she has still made 226 runs at 115 in WBBL03, with a top score of 48.

Bowling

In Form

  • Rene Farrell – With 17 wickets at 5.85, the semi-retired Southern Star (she quit ODIs but remains theoretically available for T20 selection) continues to show that whatever “it” is… she’s still got it!
  • Sam Bates – The young left-arm spinner has had a break-out season for the Thunder, taking 16 wickets at 5.78.

Watch Out For

  • Belinda Vakarewa – Vakarewa narrowly missed-out on Women’s Ashes selection this time, but she has had a good WBBL with 11 wickets at an impressive Economy Rate of 5.53 – is this her big chance to make a case to add to her 1 (so far) international cap?

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* Minimum 10 overs bowled!

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One thought on “WBBL Semi-Final Form Guide – Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder

  1. Nicole Bolton won POTM for her 37 (26*) and 1-22, I wouldn’t begrudge her that, but…

    Nat Sciver 38*(28), 2 catches and a run-out
    Fran Wilson 46 (28)
    Katherine Brunt 4-0-24-1

    England players performing very well at the sharp end of the WBBL!

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