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Selection Table Headache For Keightley

06 December 2017

Piepa Cleary (R) was Player of the Match in the warm-up clash against Melbourne Renegades.

Perth Scorchers coach Lisa Keightley says her biggest challenge ahead of the opening weekend of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League will come at the selection table, after two practice match wins produced some positive performances for her side.

The Scorchers on Tuesday defeated the Sydney Sixers, then backed up on Wednesday with a win over the Melbourne Renegades at Blacktown International Sports Park.

Perth opens its 2017-18 WBBL campaign on Sunday against the Brisbane Heat and Keightley said the warm-up clashes had provided invaluable insights into her playing group.

“It’s been nice to start our campaign with two practice matches against the Sixers and Renegades as it’s allowed us to work on our plans so we are clear and ready to go for our first game on Sunday against the Heat,” Keightley said.

“I’m really pleased with how the batters and the bowling group are travelling at this stage.

“To have everyone fit for selection is going to cause a few headaches in the upcoming days.”

The Scorchers trumped the Renegades by six wickets in their second practice hitout, having been sent in to bowl.

A strong bowling performance from the Scorchers ensured a 39 not out from Kris Britt was the Rens’ top score.

Player of the Match Piepa Cleary took three of the five wickets for the Scorchers, with the Renegades finishing their 20 overs on 5-107.

A team effort had the Scorchers chase down the total in 18.1 overs.