WBBL Semi-Final Form Guide – Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers

When: Friday @ 4.10am in the UK

Where: BT Sport

Adelaide Strikers

Batting

In Form

  • Suzie Bates – After bombing in the first two editions of WBBL, coming 7th and last, the Strikers needed a big signing for WBBL03, and the New Zealand captain has not disappointed – scoring 420 runs at a Strike Rate of 110.
  • Sophie Devine – Now in her 3rd season with the Strikers, Devine has had her best WBBL yet – posting 348 runs at 118.

Watch Out For

  • Bridget Patterson – Patterson is 23 now, and dreams of playing internationally have probably long-since sailed – though as 33 year old Sarah Aley would testify, you should never say never – but coming in at 5, she has been making a good habit of hitting a useful quick 20 or 30, to finish the group stages with 213 runs at 112.

Bowling

In Form

  • Amanda-Jade Wellington – With 16 wickets at an Economy Rate of 6.49, Wellington is the Strikers’ leading wicket-taker.
  • Sophie Devine – Emphasising her all-round value, Devine is only 1 wicket behind Wellington, with 15 wickets at 6.29.

Watch Out For

  • Megan Schutt – Schutt might not have taken as many wickets this year as she would have liked, but she has been by far the Strikers most economical bowler, with 11 wickets at 5.85, playing a crucial role in pegging-back the Strikers opponents in the PowerPlay overs.

Sydney Sixers

Batting

In Form

  • Alyssa Healy – With 378 runs (including a century) at a huge Strike Rate of 141, Healy’s numbers mask the fact that she has been a bit hit or miss this season, with a couple of ducks in amongst a number of single-figure scores. However, she has come good at the right time, with 106 and 63 in Sixers last two group games against… the Strikers!
  • Ellyse Perry – Perry has racked-up exactly 500 runs so far in WBBL03, in her usual manner – she starts slowly but makes up for it later. The trick is to get her out for 20 off 30 balls… or she’ll punish you with 50 off 40!

Watch Out For

  • Erin Burns – Burns’ move from the Hurricanes to the Sixers seems to have worked out well for everyone… except the Hurricanes, who have really missed her! With 260 runs at 116, she has been a crucial backstop when the bigger names have struck-out.

Bowling

In Form

  • Dane van Niekerk Marizanne Kapp Sarah Aley – With the Sixers two key bowlers (Dane van Niekerk, with 20 wickets; and Marizanne Kapp, with her unbelievable Economy Rate of 4.72) having both disappeared back to South Africa for international duty, there is a huge burden on Aley to perform in the post-season; but with 18 wickets at 6.37 she has shown that if anyone can step up, she can.
  • Sarah Coyte – Coaxed out of retirement to replace Kapp, Coyte has bowled like she’s never been away – taking 5 wickets in two games, at an Economy Rate of 4.00.

Watch Out For

  • Kim Garth – The Irish bowling all-rounder has mostly had to play second-fiddle to her more established team-mates in this WBBL, filling in her overs here and there, but has still managed to take 10 wickets – that’s (whisper it!) twice as many as a certain “Ellyse Perry” has chalked-up this season, and at a better Economy Rate (6.12 vs 7.08) too!
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