Strikers v Heat
Saturday 2 November and Sunday 3 November
Harrup Park, Mackay, 6:45pm Saturday and 3:30pm Sunday (ACDT)
Head to head
Adelaide Strikers: 2
Brisbane Heat: 6
After the Strikers managed a convincing win in their opening match of WBBL|04 over the Heat, the Heat did the same a few weeks later in Mackay, defeating the blue side by 43 runs. A night match at Harrup Park back in January brought out nearly 6000 punters, setting a new record for the highest attendance at a standalone WBBL match.
Captain Suzie Bates is yet to have a big impact with the bat, producing a high score of 24 against the Melbourne Renegades on opening weekend. However, a strong middle to lower order helped the Strikers win two from two in Brisbane without big scores from openers Bates and Sophie Devine. Bates is constantly leading from the front and will surely be searching for a couple of big knocks this weekend in Mackay.
With a 3-1 win-loss record and currently sitting on top of the table, the Strikers will be looking to capitalise on the confidence gained from the last two games, after going in as underdogs against the Hobart Hurricanes and the Perth Scorchers. The Heat have two wins and two losses and sit in third place, however the table is tight, with the Melbourne Stars the only side yet to clinch a victory. With a 40 per cent chance of rain on both days in Mackay, here’s hoping it hits in the morning, leaving Harrup Park free and clear of interruption.
Striker to watch – Tahlia McGrath
Tahlia McGrath hit her straps last weekend in Brisbane, producing fantastic performances with both bat and ball. On Sunday, she crunched a match-winning, unbeaten 65 against the Scorchers and has been bowling economically when given the chance. The 23-year-old allrounder collected figures of 1/12 and 1/24 in Brisbane, after not being thrown the ball at home during opening weekend.
Danger player – Beth Mooney
Beth Mooney is in career-best T20 form, leading the competition for most runs with 196 from four matches. Mooney’s smart stroke-play has seen her find the boundary 23 times already, topping the League for most fours so far. The Strikers will be hoping that Mooney is unable to replicate her two big innings from last weekend of 44 not out and 67.
Adelaide Strikers squad
Suzie Bates (c)
Brisbane Heat squad
Kirby Short (c)