The 8th match of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) 2019/20 will be played between New South Wales (NSW) Women and Australian Cricket Territory Women at the Hurstville Oval in Sydney.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (4:30 AM IST) (11:00 PM GMT – Prev Day)
New South Wales Women got into winning ways straight after the inclusion of big names who played the main role in an 87-run win over the Queensland Women. The opening pair of Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes scored 53 runs apiece and shared a century stand to set the platform for a solid total on a slow track. They will now face the ACT Women on Tuesday a match that was scheduled for last week only to be postponed due to the bushfire smoke. ACT lost their first game of this second round against Queensland by a big margin.
Bit of clouds are expected around the venue in the morning but no interruptions are forecasted during the match.
Hurstville Oval has hosted only one Women’s 50-over match in last four years. It was during last week when NSW Women faced Queensland Women. Signs of slowness in the track was visible as bulk of the runs in both innings came from top three only. In fact, the chasing team Queensland had their top three batters scoring 20+ but none of the remaining 8 players even touching double digits.
Average first innings score: 241 (Women’s List A Matches in 2019/20)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
New South Wales Women:
Alyssa Healy (C), Rachael Haynes, Naomi Stalenberg, Tahlia Wilson (WK), Ashleigh Gardner, Phoebe Litchfield, Rene Farrell, Lisa Griffith, Lauren Smith, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Sarah Aley.
Bench: Rachel Trenaman, Stella Campbell.
Australian Cricket Territory Women:
Katie Mack, Claire Koski, Anna Lanning, Erin Osborne (C), Zoe Cooke, Erica Kershaw (WK), Matilda Lugg, Carly Leeson, Maitlan Brown, Amy Yates, Nicola Hancock.
Bench: Sarah Coyte, Isabelle Afaras, Monica Gair.
Alyssa Healy continuing her good form as she scoring 53 against Queensland in her first match of WNCL 2019-20. Since the start of 2017/18 season, Healy has five fifties and a hundred across 13 innings in the WNCL. Ashleigh Gardner’s impact is more than the numbers as she came into this tournament on the back of two WNCL with below-par efforts. However, she scored 34 and picked three wickets against Queensland in the last week. Rene Farrell has five wickets to her name from three matches in this season. She was quite brilliant in the last edition where she bagged 17 wickets from only 7 matches including a 5-wicket haul. Erin Osborne has picked up three wickets and aggregated 48 runs in the ongoing WNCL. She picked up seven wickets and also scored a hundred in WNCL 2018/19.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner, Katie Mack, Erin Osborne
Vice-Captain – Claire Koski, Rachael Haynes, Maitlan Brown, Rene Farrell
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Alyssa Healy (C)
Batters – Katie Mack, Claire Koski, Rachael Haynes
All-Rounders – Ashleigh Gardner, Rene Farrell, Erin Osborne (VC), Amy Yates
Bowlers – Hayley Silver-Holmes, Sarah Aley, Nicola Hancock
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Alyssa Healy
Batters – Katie Mack (VC), Anna Lanning, Rachael Haynes
All-Rounders – Rene Farrell, Erin Osborne, Ashleigh Gardner (C)
Bowlers – Maitlan Brown, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Sarah Aley, Nicola Hancock
Sarah Aley missed the last match but is expected to feature in the playing XI against ACT Women. She picked one wicket and scored 31 runs in the first-round matches of the season. In the past two seasons of WNCL, Aley claimed 14 wickets across 14 matches. Hence, we have picked her directly in both of our suggested XIs.
New South Wales Women are expected to register another big win on Tuesday.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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