The Hobart Hurricanes will be looking to maintain a perfect record against the Melbourne Renegades, and register a breakthrough WBBL03 victory across two matches at Blundstone Arena this Sunday and Monday.
The Hurricanes come into these two encounters in need of a victory after a difficult start to the campaign. The Hurricanes sit with an unflattering 0-8 record, despite showing glimpses of improvement across recent matches.
The Renegades currently sit sixth on the WBBL ladder with an even 4-4 win-loss record. The Renegades held their nerve in a thrilling super over to overcome the Sydney Sixers in Geelong in early January before going down to cross-town rivals the Melbourne Stars just three days later.
Hobart Hurricanes: 4
Melbourne Renegades: 0
The Hurricanes hold a perfect record against the Renegades, including two thrilling victories in Bendigo last tournament, one of which went down to a super over.
Corinne Hall (c), Stefanie Daffara, Erin Fazackerly, Katelyn Fryett, Nicola Hancock, Brooke Hepburn, Isobel Joyce, Veda Krishnamurthy, Hayley Matthews, Sasha Moloney, Meg Phillips, Veronica Pyke, Celeste Raack, Georgia Redmayne, Emma Thompson
In: Isobel JOYCE
Out: Lauren WINFIELD (Injured)
Amy Satterthwaite (C), Chamari Atapattu, Kris Britt, Maitlan Brown, Jess Duffin, Emma Inglis, Hayley Jensen, Claire Koski, Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu, Jenny Taffs, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
Hayley Matthews (Hurricanes)
Matthews, who is currently ranked as the number one twenty-20 international bowler and all-rounder in the world, is a bona fide star, and will be looking forward to stamping her name on this season against the Renegades.
The talented West Indian has struck 144 runs so far this tournament, the most of any Hurricane, while also taking four wickets and impressing in the field.
Although Matthews hasn’t put together a match winning performance to date, she has shown more than enough to indicate that a mercurial performance is only around the corner.
WATCH: Hayley Matthews strikes a confident boundary against the Heat
Amy Satterthwaite (Renegades)
Former Hurricane and current captain of the Melbourne Renegades, Amy Satterthwaite, has been in impressive form over the course of WBBL03, with the New Zealand international having 215 runs and seven wickets to her name.
The Hurricanes will need no motivation to try and minimize the influence of Satterthwaite, but she still looms as being a crucial factor in this match.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Stefanie Daffara (Hurricanes)
Daffara’s inclusion in the side and subsequent move to opener has been a promising one for the Hurricanes, with Daffara making several positive starts at the top of the order. A top score of 30 for the tournament doesn’t do justice to how she has looked at the crease, with her ability to strike boundaries and use deft touches to rotate the strike a real asset at the top of the order.
WATCH: Daffara's deft touch races to the boundary
Molly Strano (Renegades)
Strano is an accomplished T20 bowler who has represented Australia after a series of impressive performances in WBBL02. With nine wickets to her name so far this campaign, the right arm off-spinner looms as a bowler the Hurricanes will need to pay close attention to.
Veda Krishnamurthy (Hurricanes)
The Hurricanes clashes with the Renegades will be the last matches Indian star Veda Krishnamurthy will play as a Hurricane for WBBL03, due to national duties. Krishnamurthy has shown glimpses of her mercurial all round talent, with some sensational work in the field and promising starts with the bat, including a quick fire 33 last week against the Heat.
WATCH: Krishnamurthy reaches the boundary with style
The Hobart Hurricanes will be looking to register a first victory for WBBL03 in one of two final matches at Blundstone Arena for the season. With six matches remaining, the Hurricanes will be looking to take lessons learned from the first part of the season into these final matches.
Lauren Winfield is a big out for the Hurricanes after suffering concussion during the week, but the inclusion of former Irish captain Isobel Joyce into the squad will ensure the Hurricanes do not lose too much experience.
The Renegades currently sit in sixth position, one win behind a logjam of four sides vying for second position. If Amy Satterthwaite’s side wants to remain in contention for a top four or top two position, these clashes at Blundstone Arena emerge as must-wins as the business end of the tournament fast approaches.
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