Strikers v Sixers
Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December
Hurstville Oval, Sydney, 1:30pm (ACDT) both days
Head to head
Adelaide Strikers: 0
Sydney Sixers: 9
The Strikers have never beaten the Sixers but last time they met, back on New Year’s Eve at Adelaide Oval, it was a tight match. The Sixers reached 4/147 and despite a valiant chase from skipper Suzie Bates (60 from 58 balls) and Tahlia McGrath (45 from 26 balls), the Strikers fell eight runs short of victory.
Although the Strikers have already secured a finals berth, hosting duties and a home-ground advantage are still up for grabs. With ladder-leaders Brisbane Heat losing to the Melbourne Renegades on Wednesday, the opportunity for Karen Rolton Oval to host WBBL finals is a very realistic possibility. The other major talking point is that this weekend could see the Strikers defeat a side that they have not beaten in four seasons and that’s enough reason for celebration alone!
A 9-0 win-loss record for the Sixers against Adelaide is a serious stat and one which the Strikers are hoping to change. Thankfully, the Strikers go into this weekend with the ability to play with freedom, knowing they’ve already locked in their top four spot. While a home final would be great, they can take chances and play bravely, hoping it comes off. Superstar Sophie Devine is just two away from 2000 Big Bash career runs, while she is also just seven runs away from 600 for the season, which would make her the first Striker, male or female, to crack both milestones.
Striker to watch – Amanda-Jade Wellington
Amanda-Jade Wellington had a cracking two games in Hobart last weekend, taking six wickets across two games and conceding just six runs from the Super Over against the Sydney Thunder on Sunday. She’s currently in serious form and has taken the lead for most wickets for Adelaide with 16, already equalling her record for minor-round wickets from WBBL|03, and with two games still to play. Wellington also tends to make an entertaining cameo with the bat each season and is yet to have much opportunity, but she could rise to the occasion if needed this weekend.
Danger player – Alyssa Healy
Alyssa Healy has a dangerous record at Hurstville against the Strikers – in her last three knocks she made 106, 63 and 112 not out. The Sixers are coming off the back of four straight losses in matches where Healy has struggled with the bat (making 4, 10, 2 and a duck), meaning she will be hanging out to regain her batting form and make a serious contribution.
Adelaide Strikers squad
Suzie Bates (c)
Sydney Sixers squad
Alyssa Healy (c)
Dane van Niekerk