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Preview: Strikers v Hurricanes & Scorchers

25 October 2019

Strikers captain Suzie Bates

The Adelaide Strikers continue their WBBL|05 campaign against ladder leaders the Hobart Hurricanes and the Perth Scorchers this weekend at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

Strikers v Hurricanes
Saturday 26 October
Allan Border Field, Brisbane – 9:40am local (10:10am ACDT)
Live on 7Mate, Fox Cricket and Kayo.

Scorchers v Strikers
Sunday 27 October
Allan Border Field, Brisbane – 9:40am local (10:10am ACDT)
Live on 7Mate, Fox Cricket and Kayo.

Head to head v Hurricanes
Adelaide Strikers: 5
Hobart Hurricanes: 2

Head to head v Scorchers
Adelaide Strikers: 5
Perth Scorchers: 3

Last time
The Scorchers proved too hot to handle in Alice Springs the last time Adelaide met Perth, as the Strikers suffered a 10-wicket loss in their final match of WBBL|04. Adelaide capped off back-to-back victories in the most recent meeting with the Hurricanes however, with a 24-run win underlining a stunning super over victory the previous day at Karen Rolton Oval back in January.

Sophie Devine's superb super over

Talking point
Where do the Strikers truly stack up against the rest of the competition? This weekend should provide more answers with the undefeated Hurricanes and two-time WBBL runners-up Perth providing a genuine test for Adelaide away from home. Opening weekend proved just how tight WBBL|05 is shaping out to be as the Strikers’ dominant first win over the Renegades was followed by a disappointing loss the next day. What will be made of the second weekend of the WBBL’s first standalone season?

Stat attack
A ‘nervous’ Sophie Devine stamped her authority on the competition through opening weekend. She became the first Striker to notch 1,500 Big Bash runs and cracked eight sixes – four more than any other player so far this season – to cement her standing as the WBBL’s all-time leading six-hitter. Devine has now hit 67 WBBL sixes ahead of second-placed Sydney Sixer Ashleigh Gardner on 54.

Devine previews second WBBL weekend

Striker to watch – Lauren Winfield
International replacement player Winfield joins the Strikers’ squad to cover West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor through the middle rounds of the season. Nicknamed ‘Moose’ due to her aggressive nature at the crease, Winfield is an experienced, world-class batter who can make an immediate impact.

Danger player (Hurricanes) – Belinda Vakarewa
The 21-year-old was Player of the Match in the Hurricanes’ season-opener against the Stars and is the current WBBL|05 leading wicket-taker after an impressive opening weekend. Vakarewa, a right-arm pace bowler, has already made her international debut for Australia and the former Thunder star will be keen to continue her hot start as a Hurricane.

Danger player (Scorchers) – Natalie Sciver
Allrounder Sciver is one of the Scorchers’ marquee international signings and proved her worth with a brave 55* in Perth’s close loss to the Renegades last round. The Englishwoman struck six boundaries with a strike rate comfortably over 100, illustrating just how dangerous she can be with bat in hand.

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

Hobart Hurricanes squad

Perth Scorchers squad
Meg Lanning (c)
Jemma Barsby
Samantha Betts
Nicole Bolton
Piepa Cleary
Kim Garth
Heather Graham
Amy Jones
Emma King
Taneale Peschel
Chloe Piparo
Georgia Redmayne
Natalie Sciver