Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Women's Big Bash League 2021 - Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars - Match 1: 14th Oct
The 1st match of the Women's Big Bash League 2021 will be played between Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars at Blundstone Arena, Hobart in Australia.
Sydney Sixers finished 5th (6 wins, 6 losses, two no results) in the last season of Women's Big Bash League. The team has Ben Sawyer as their head coach.
Having lost Marizanne Kapp (Scorchers), Dane van Niekerk, Sarah Aley (retired), Maddy Darke (Sixers), Lisa Griffith (Scorchers), Jodie Hicks, Sydney Sixers will expect the incoming Maitlan Brown (Renegades), Nicole Bolton (Sixers), Jade Allen, Matilda Lugg, Radha Yadav, Shafali Verma to make up for it.
It will be a treat to see Alyssa Healy and Shafali Verma opening the batting, with captain Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner in the middle order.
There will be eyes on Indian left-arm spinner Radha Yadav and Aussie pacer Stella Campbell. Hayley Silver-Holmes has suffered a hip injury and Claire Moore has been roped in as an injury replacement.
Melbourne Stars finished as Runners-up in the last season of Women's Big Bash League. The team has Jarrad Loughman (replacing Trent Woodhill) as their head coach.
Stars welcome Kim Garth, Rhys McKenna, Anna Lanning, Maddy Darke (Sixers), Maia Bouchier, Linsey Smith in place of Alana King (Scorchers), Mignon du Preez (Hurricanes), Holly Ferling (Renegades), Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver, Bhavi Devchand.
The team has been hamstrung with the loss of internationals Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver and Mignon du Preez. Captain Meg Lanning and Annabel Sutherland will have to do most of the heavy lifting for the side.
They will get some support from Internationals Maia Bouchier (Eng), Kim Garth (Ire), and Linsey Smith (Eng).
Melbourne Stars - Meg Lanning (c), Annabel Sutherland, Maia Bouchier (Eng), Kim Garth (Ire), Linsey Smith (Eng), Lucy Cripps, Maddy Darke, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Georgia Gall, Anna Lanning, Rhys McKenna, Erin Osborne, Elyse Villani
Sydney Sixers - Ellyse Perry (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Shafali Verma (Ind), Radha Yadav (Ind), Jade Allen, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Emma Hughes, Matilda Lugg, Angela Reakes, Hayley Silver-Holmes (injured - hip), Claire Moore (injury replacement)
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Melbourne Stars
Who will win? – Melbourne Stars
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Meg Lanning (Melbourne Stars), Alyssa Healy (Sydney Sixers)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Annabel Sutherland (Melbourne Stars), Ashleigh Gardner (Sydney Sixers)
Most Sixes – Meg Lanning (Melbourne Stars), Shafali Verma (Sydney Sixers)
Player of the Match – Meg Lanning
Team Scores Batting first – Melbourne Stars 150+, Sydney Sixers 140+
Match Handicap Melbourne Stars
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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