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Preview: Strikers v Hurricanes & Thunder

22 November 2019

Strikers captain Suzie Bates

The Adelaide Strikers ramp up their run to the rebel WBBL|05 finals with two important matches in Tasmania.

Hurricanes v Strikers
Saturday 23 November
Blundstone Arena, Hobart – 7:10pm local (6.40pm ACDT)
Live on 7 Mate, Fox Cricket and Kayo

Strikers v Thunder
Sunday 24 November
Blundstone Arena, Hobart – 10:00am local (9.30am ACDT)
Live on Kayo, and the CA Live smartphone app

Head to head v Hurricanes
Adelaide Strikers: 6
Hobart Hurricanes: 2

Head to head v Thunder
Adelaide Strikers: 4
Sydney Thunder: 4

Last time
A brilliant catch from Katie Mack right on the boundary sealed a miracle three-run win for the Strikers last month against the Hurricanes at Allan Border Field. Sarah Coyte earned Player of the Match honours for her crucial 24 off just 13 deliveries followed by 1/28 with the ball. Adelaide’s most recent outing was against the Thunder where Sophie Devine continued her hot run of form with an unprecedented fifth consecutive WBBL half-century.

Katie Mack's match-winning catch

Talking point
The team’s focus will be firmly on the job, but the Strikers can all-but secure their second WBBL finals berth with back-to-back victories this weekend. The third-placed Sixers and fourth-placed Scorchers compete twice against one another this weekend giving Adelaide a big opportunity to push ahead of the chasing pack and lock down a top-four spot.

Stat attack
Adelaide boasts a 75% winning record against Hobart which is its best winning percentage against any WBBL team. Megan Schutt, now the only bowler in WBBL|05 with an economy rate below five runs an over, has a particularly successful history against the Hurricanes. Schutt’s best WBBL bowling figures of 3/8 came against the ‘Canes and her bowling average of 13.41 is her strongest against any team in the competition.

Striker to watch – Sophie Devine
Devine is in unbelievable form at the moment. She’s smashed a record-breaking five WBBL half-centuries in a row and has finished not out her last three innings. Devine has hit the most sixes this season (18), is the Strikers’ leading wicket-taker with 14 scalps and is the seventh-most economical bowler of WBBL|05 so far. There’s not much she can’t do.

Danger player (Hurricanes) – Nicola Carey
Carey almost single-handedly lifted her side to victory in the last meeting between the two teams. The former Thunder allrounder has hit the most fours for the Hurricanes in WBBL|05 and sits second behind Heather Knight for the most runs by a ‘Cane this season. She also has eight wickets to her name, ranked third at her club.

Danger player (Thunder) – Rachael Haynes
Australian veteran Haynes finished unbeaten on 33* with a huge strike rate of 122.22 on a slow batting wicket against the Strikers in Wollongong on Wednesday. One of the most experienced players in the competition, the Thunder captain will be rallying her troops to bounce back in Tasmania this weekend with her side’s season on the line.

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

Hobart Hurricanes squad
Corinne Hall (C)
Nicola Carey
Stefanie Daffara
Erin Fazackerley
Katelyn Fryett
Maisy Gibson
Brooke Hepburn
Heather Knight
Emma Manix-Geeves
Sasha Moloney
Meg Phillips
Chloe Tryon
Belinda Vakarewa
Tayla Vlaeminck
Fran Wilson

Sydney Thunder squad