Women's Big Bash League 2019: Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Tournament Predictions

Ellyse Perry in action
Ellyse Perry in action
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All you need to know about the 5th edition of the Women's Big Bash League.

The fifth edition of the Women's Big Bash league kicks off on Friday with the marquee clash between Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder. The tournament has grown bigger and better with each passing season and with as many as eight franchises competing against each other in hard-fought encounters, the league has now become an inspiration for other women leagues across the world.

Beginning on October 18, the tournament would continue through October and November and will conclude on December 8th, with the two semi-finals and final being played on consecutive days. The league will have a total of 59 T20 games and would be the precursor to the men's Big Bash League, commencing 10 days after the completion of the tournament.

Eight teams - Perth Scorchers, Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, Melbourne Stars, Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers - will compete against each other in a double Round Robin format with the top four sides making it to the semi-final.

Top quality players from across the words such as Meg Lanning, Marizanne Kapp, Ellyse Perry, Dane van Niekerk, Alex Blackwell, Nida Dar, Alyssa Healy, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Mignon du Preez, Tammy Beaumont, Fran Wilson, Heather Knight, Danni Wyatt, Beth Mooney, Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates will attract the attention of the cricketing world.

Here are the predictions for the Women's Big Bash League 2019:

Winner - Sydney Sixers

Runners Up - Brisbane Heat

Top Run Scorer - Ellyse Perry

Top Wicket Taker - Marizanne Kapp

Let's have a look at the squads of all the 8 teams:

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

Brisbane Heat- Lilly Mills, Charlie Knott, Haidee Birkett, Laura Harris, Georgia Prestwidge, Mikayla Hinkley, Courtney Sippel, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Kirby Short(c), Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney

Hobart Hurricanes- Corinne Hall (c), Nicola Carey, Stefanie Daffara, Erin Fazackerley, Katelyn Fryett, Maisy Gibson, Brooke Hepburn, Heather Knight, Hayley Matthews, Sasha Moloney, Meg Phillips, Emily Smith, Chloe Tryon, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck, Fran Wilson

Melbourne Renegades- Tammy Beaumont, Makinley Blows, Maitlan Brown, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin (c), Erica Kershaw, Claire Koski, Carly Leeson, Sophie Molineux, Courtney Neale, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb, Danni Wyatt

Melbourne Stars- Kristen Beams (c), Lucy Cripps, Mignon du Preez, Nicole Faltum, Holly Ferling, Tess Flintoff, Nicola Hancock, Emma Inglis, Alana King, Lizelle Lee, Katey Martin, Erin Osborne, Angela Reakes, Annabel Sutherland, Elyse Villani

Perth Scorchers- Meg Lanning(c), Jemma Barsby, Samantha Betts, Nicole Bolton, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Kath Hempenstall, Amy Jones, Emma King, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Georgia Redmayne, Natalie Sciver

Sydney Sixers- Sarah Aley, Alisha Bates, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Maddy Darke, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jodie Hicks, Emma Hughes, Marizanne Kapp, Ellyse Perry(c), Hayley Silver-Holmes, Dane van Niekerk, Lauren Smith

Sydney Thunder- Rachael Haynes(c), Sam Bates, Alex Blackwell, Nida Dar, Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Lisa Griffith, Saskia Horley, Shabnim Ismail, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Rachel Priest, Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Trenaman, Tahlia Wilson

Let's have a look at the schedule of the tournament:

October 18: Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder

October 19: Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat

October 20: Melbourne Stars vs Hobart Hurricanes

Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades

October 23: Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers

October 26: Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes

Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars

Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers

Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades

October 27: Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers

Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars

Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes

November 1: Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades

November 2: Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder

Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers

Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars

Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers

November 3: Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder

Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Stars

Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers

November 9: Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes

Adelaide Strikers vs Perth Scorchers

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat

November 10: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder

Melbourne Renegades vs Hobart Hurricanes

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars

November 12: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Thunder

November 13: Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers

Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat

November 15: Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers

November 16: Melbourne Stars vs Adelaide Strikers

Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat

November 17: Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat

Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades

November 20: Melbourne Renegades vs Brisbane Heat

Melbourne Stars vs Perth Scorchers

Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers

Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes

November 22: Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat

November 23: Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers

Melbourne Renegades vs Melbourne Stars

Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers

November 24: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder

Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers

November 27: Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder

November 30: Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades

Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers

Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes

December 1: Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder

Sydney Sixers vs Adelaide Strikers

Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes

Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat

December 7: Semi-finals

December 8: Final

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