Perth Scorchers skipper Suzie Bates is backing her side to make the most of an all-home run to the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) finals, starting this weekend with a double header against the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Stars.
Following a monster road trip which had the Scorchers play six games across three states, producing three wins and three losses, Bates said this weekend’s matches were extremely important.
“We’ve come off a big road trip where we won three of those six games, so we have put ourselves under some pressure for the remaining four matches at home,” Bates said.
“To be in Perth for the last four games is a bonus, and we need to make sure we play some good cricket leading into the semis.”
Perth hosts the Adelaide Strikers at #TheFurnace tomorrow, which couples as a double header with the KFC Big Bash League clash between the Scorchers and Melbourne Stars in the evening.
The Strikers got off to a strong start to the season, with star batter Sophie Devine in fine form and there will also be a familiar face in the visitors’ side, with former Scorchers batter Charlotte Edwards having donned blue this season.
“Charlotte and I spent a lot of time together last season preparing for games, so it will a bit strange seeing her on #TheFurnace in different colours,” Bates said.
“The Strikers are a very classy outfit; I know them well given that some of their players are kiwi teammates of mine so it should be a good contest.
“It certainly is exciting to be playing alongside the men tomorrow.
“We’ve been attracting some good crowds to our games so far, hopefully tomorrow will be even better for the double header.”
The Scorchers will be looking to get the double-up over Sunday’s opponents the Melbourne Stars at Lilac Hill.
Bates and fellow opening batter Elyse Villani posted the highest partnership of any wicket in WBBL|02 last time the two sides met.
“We did have some good luck against the Stars last time we played them, however, they’re also a very good team so we can’t be complacent,” Bates said.
“Their batting line up is phenomenal, but ours isn’t too bad either, so hopefully Elyse and I can have a similar innings together like the one we had when we last played the Stars.”