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Preview: Sixers v Strikers

29 November 2019

The Strikers could earn top spot on the WBBL|05 ladder with back-to-back wins this weekend

The Adelaide Strikers will be hoping to continue their rebel WBBL|05 winning streak, playing for a home finals series this weekend against the Sydney Sixers at Hurstville Oval.

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

Last time
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.

Highlights from last time we met the Sixers

Talking point
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!

Stat attack
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.

Wellington previews Sixers clash

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)
Sophie Devine
Tahlia McGrath
Lauren Winfield
Bridget Patterson
Katie Mack
Annie O’Neil
Tegan McPharlin
Sarah Coyte
Amanda-Jade Wellington
Alex Price
Megan Schutt
Ellie Falconer

Sydney Sixers squad
Sarah Aley
Hollie Armitage
Alisha Bates
Erin Burns
Stella Campbell
Maddy Darke
Ashleigh Gardner
Alyssa Healy (c)
Jodie Hicks
Marizanne Kapp
Hayley Silver-Holmes
Lauren Smith
Dane van Niekerk