Monday, 14 January 2019

WBBL04 - Semi-finals await

The four teams who will be fighting it out on Saturday for a place in the WBBL04 final will be...

Sixers, Thunder, Heat and Renegades

The Scorchers lost the first of their two games at the weekend to Strikers, and with Renegades beating Hurricanes (albeit only just), it meant it was Renegades that joined the other three in the semi-finals. Scorchers did beat Strikers the following day, but it was too little too late. Here is how the final table looked.

Final WBBL04 Ladder positions
This means that the semi-finals this Saturday will be
Thunder v Heat
followed by 
Sixers v Renegades

Sixers and Thunder are both hot favourites to make it through to the final, but Heat beat Thunder in their last match of the season, chasing down Thunder's 171/7 in the final over, thanks to a maiden WBBL04 century for Beth Mooney (102). It was the sixth century of WBBL04. There had only been five in the previous three years of the tournament. If Mooney could put on a repeat performance in the semi-final Heat could just upset the Sydney franchise.

Sixers too lost their last game, being bowled out by Stars for just 92. Ellyse Perry has, of course, been in sparkling form with the bat for Sixers, but it has meant that their middle order and below have had precious little time at the crease. If the Renegades were to winkle out Perry, Healy and Gardner cheaply then they could repeat Stars' performance with the ball. Their bowlers are good enough to do it, but whether they could then hold their nerve with the bat is a slightly different matter.

Martin Davies

1 comment:

  1. It was a brilliant last weekend of the group stage! We now have an intriguing line up for the semis. All four sides deserve to be there. Renegades did well, but Heat have been the big surprise package. They've had a great season. Their batting lineup is pretty good, Kimmince coming in at no. 9 and all; and their bowling has lots of options.

    In that last Scorchers game, it was a brilliant chase by Lanning and Jones. Jones equalled the Aussie legend's runs, and looked just as good doing it too. Combined with a great stumping it was a very impressive performance from Amy. I feel that the only way she could improve is to produce that more frequently. The key might be to hang in there early on and not try anything too rash too soon. She's good enough to catch up later.

    Surely I'm not alone in hoping that the title moves away from Sydney this time round? Thunder or Sixers keep winning it. My preference for Champions is first 'Gades, then Heat, then Thunder and finally Sixers. The best final matchup would be 'Gades v Heat, won by 'Gades and the "most boring/predictable" would be Thunder v Sixers won by Sixers. I'm not sure what will happen, of course, but I think that the 2 big Sydney sides have looked vulnerable enough at times to suggest that at least one of Heat/'Gades might make it to the final, if they play to their potential. Would love to see that.