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The run home to WBBL|05 finals

26 November 2019

The Strikers will feature in WBBL|05 finals this season

A closer look at the run home to rebel WBBL|05 finals and the potential ramifications for the Strikers through their last two round matches this weekend.

FIRST
Brisbane Heat
18 points | Played 12 | Won 9 | Lost 3 | NRR 0.799

REMAINING MATCHES
Nov 27 v Renegades (home, AB Field)
Dec 1 v Stars (away, Junction Oval)

The reigning champions are guaranteed to play finals once again and are in the box seat to host WBBL Finals Weekend with two matches remaining. The Heat hold a slight advantage in net run rate over the second-placed Strikers and will be favourites to defeat the fifth-placed Renegades at home and the bottom-ranked Stars away to seal top spot. One or even two losses could see the Heat slip as low as third however depending on other results.

SECOND
Adelaide Strikers
18 points | Played 12 | Won 9 | Lost 3 | NRR 0.602

REMAINING MATCHES
Nov 30 v Sixers (away, Hurstville Oval)
Dec 1 v Sixers (away, Hurstville Oval)

The Strikers sealed their place in finals with back-to-back wins last weekend and are a big chance to host WBBL Finals if circumstances fall their way. Adelaide will need to make up a slight shortfall on run rate to current ladder leaders Brisbane, or hope the Heat drop at least one of their final two matches while the Strikers defeat the Sixers – a team they have never beaten – this weekend. Cannot finish lower than third on the league ladder.

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THIRD
Perth Scorchers

16 points | Played 12 | Won 8 | Lost 4 | NRR 0.039

REMAINING MATCHES
Nov 30 v Hurricanes (home, Lilac Hill)
Dec 1 v Hurricanes (home, Lilac Hill)

Can finish anywhere in the top five with two matches to come, including at the head of the table. One win this weekend against the Hurricanes would confirm a finals spot, but two losses could see the Scorchers slip out of finals calculations if the fifth-placed Renegades win all three of their remaining matches. A poor net run rate may work against them particularly in their quest for top spot.

FOURTH
Sydney Sixers
12 points | Played 12 | Won 6 | Lost 6 | NRR 0.006

REMAINING MATCHES
Nov 30 v Strikers (home, Hurstville Oval)
Dec 1 v Strikers (home, Hurstville Oval)

The two-time champions are in danger of missing finals for the first time if things don’t go their way this weekend. The absence of injured captain Ellyse Perry has hurt the Sixers in the back-end of the tournament and they’ve now lost four matches on the bounce to put their top-four spot in jeopardy. They’ll likely need to win at least one, if not both matches this weekend against the Strikers and hope the fifth-placed Renegades don’t jump them on points or net run rate.

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FIFTH
Melbourne Renegades
10 points | Played 11 | Won 5 | Lost 6 | NRR -0.051

REMAINING MATCHES
Nov 27 v Heat (away, AB Field)
Nov 30 v Stars (home, Junction Oval)
Dec 1 v Thunder (home, Junction Oval)

The Renegades are still a chance to make a late lunge into WBBL Finals, but they’ll need to win at least one and more likely two or even all three of their remaining games, depending on the Sydney Sixers’ fate in fourth spot. Back-to-back home matches against bottom-three teams the Stars and Thunder at home provide a good opportunity for the ‘Gades to pry their way back into contention.

SIXTH
Sydney Thunder

9 points | Played 12 | Won 4 | Lost 6 | NR 1 | NRR -0.526

REMAINING MATCHES
Nov 27 v Stars (home, Manuka Oval)
Dec 1 v Renegades (away, Junction Oval)

The Thunder are still technically in the finals race but need a minor miracle to scrape into fourth spot. They’ll require the Renegades and Sixers to lose all their remaining matches and must improve their net run rate significantly to snare a semi-final spot for the third consecutive season.

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SEVENTH
Hobart Hurricanes
7 points | Played 12 | Won 3 | Lost 8 | NR 1 | NRR -0.238

REMAINING MATCHES
Nov 30 v Scorchers (away, Lilac Hill)
Dec 1 v Scorchers (away, Lilac Hill)

Hobart is officially out of the running for WBBL finals and will be eager to avoid the wooden spoon for the third season in a row. Two victories this weekend will be enough to stay out of reach of the bottom-placed Stars and could see the Hurricanes jump into fifth depending on other results.

EIGHTH
Melbourne Stars
4 points | Played 11 | Won 2 | Lost 9 | NRR -0.752

REMAINING MATCHES
Nov 27 v Thunder (away, Manuka Oval)
Nov 30 v Renegades (home, Junction Oval)
Dec 1 v Heat (home, Junction Oval)

The Stars will miss WBBL Finals for a fifth-straight season and need to win at least one and more likely two of their remaining matches to avoid claiming the wooden spoon for the first time.