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WBBL|03 Semi Final Preview

31 January 2018

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Perth Scorchers coach Lisa Keightley is expecting a tight contest against the Sydney Thunder in their Rebel Women’s Big Bash League Semi Final at Optus Stadium tomorrow.

The Semi Final will be the first domestic female sporting match to be played at the new stadium and Keightley said the team was looking forward to not only taking on the Thunder, but getting the opportunity to play at the world class venue.

“The Sydney Thunder will be a tough side, they have a strong bowling unit, especially with Belinda Vakarewa and she could really make a difference to the game and we know we’ve got to play well to beat them,” Keightley said.

“We know they were a really strong side when we played them last time, we lost by a run and then we played them the next day and beat them convincingly so we are expecting it to be a tough game.

“It will also be great to play at the stadium, we went there for a training session this week and we picked up some valuable information that I think will hold us in good stead there tomorrow.

“It will be an exciting day, the stadium looks amazing, to have people there and watching, it will be a really good day for cricket and for the Scorchers family.”

The Scorchers finished their regular season in third position on the WBBL ladder after their four wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades, while the Sydney Thunder wrapped up their season in second place on the back of their two run win over the Brisbane Heat.

The game between the Scorchers and Thunder, which gets underway at 12.10pm AWST, will be broadcast live on One HD and can be streamed live on cricket.com.au.

The second WBBL Semi Final will be played at Adelaide Oval on Friday when the Adelaide Strikers go up against reigning WBBL champions the Sydney Sixers.