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WBBL|06 Preview: Strikers v Hurricanes

16 November 2020

The Adelaide Strikers look to string together back-to-back wins at Hurstville Oval on Wednesday morning.

Head to head

Strikers: 8

Hurricanes: 2 

Last time they met 

The Strikers secured a dominant victory over the Hurricanes when these two sides met in the rebel WBBL06 season opener. Skipper, Megan Schutt had the Hobart side rattled early, completing the opening over 2/2. Darcie Brown starred on debut, claiming the dangerous wicket of Nicola Carey in her first over, and adding two more to her collection before the end of the innings. At 3/7, the Hurricanes were in trouble and despite cameo appearances from Naomi Stalenberg and Chloe Tryon, Hobart barely had a moment to catch their breath before being dismissed for 84 runs. Tahlia McGrath (18) and Laura Wolvaardt (51) in her first game in blue, made light work of the total, chasing down the tally in 14 overs. 

Talking point 

With the race for spots in the top four still wide open and four games remaining for each of these sides, wins have never been more important. Only one win separates the Strikers and Hurricanes (who currently sit 6th and 7threspectively), however there are only four wins separating the top and bottom of the table so anything is still achievable. It is 2020 after all. 

Striker to watch – Tegan McPharlin 

A match winning effort with the bat from Tegan McPharlin kept the Strikers dream alive against the Sydney Sixers on Sunday. The Strikers looked in trouble at 6/65 in the 13th over when McPharlin strode to the crease, before the keeper struck 41 not out from 26 deliveries to keep her side in the match, rightfully earning Player of the Match honours. The 32-year-old who typically slides in later down the order, notched up her highest WBBL score to date and followed up her performance with 20 overs with the gloves. McPharlin has long been a respected and experienced leader among the playing group, and she can now add ‘match-winner’ to that description. 

Danger player – Rachel Priest 

In terms of dangerous players for the Hurricanes currently it is hard to go past Rachel Priest. The New Zealander, who previously played for the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder, joined the Hurricanes this season, and has cemented herself at their number one runscorer. Currently sitting 5th in the competition for runs on the board, Priest enjoyed one of the knocks of her career against the Sixers over the weekend, notching up 92 not out, following up scores of 42 and 83 not out in the two matches previous. 

Where to watch 

Live on Kayo and from 9:00am ACST. 

Adelaide Strikers squad:

Megan Schutt (c)
Darcie Brown
Sarah Coyte
Katie Mack
Tahlia McGrath
Tegan McPharlin
Bridget Patterson
Madeline Penna
Katie Perkins (NZ)
Alex Price
Stafanie Taylor
Amanda-Jade Wellington
Laura Wolvaardt (SA)

Hobart Hurricanes squad: