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11 January 2018

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Perth Scorchers assistant Michael Dighton has labelled the next two Rebel Women’s Big Bash League games as pivotal, as the team attempts to navigate its way into a log-jammed top-four finals group.

The Scorchers currently sit fifth on the WBBL|03 table, but are one of four teams equal on points and separated only by net run rate.

The side takes on the third-placed Adelaide Strikers in Alice Springs on Saturday and Sunday and Dighton said the Scorchers were preparing to throw everything they had at the fixtures.

“With only percentage separating some teams, two wins would leave us in a good position with only four games to play,” Dighton said.

“The aim is to try and finish first or second to ensure a home semi-final, but with six games to play we need to focus on competing hard this weekend.” 

The Strikers enter the weekend’s games off the back of an inspiring one-wicket, last ball win over the Melbourne Stars.

Dighton said the Scorchers were expecting to come up against a vastly different and more experienced outfit to what they’d previously faced.

“The Strikers are a much improved side from last season, I think any team with Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine in it has the potential to do some real damage with the bat,” he said.

“Fellow Strikers players Megan Schutt and Amanda Wellington are very skilful with the ball and young Tabitha Saville has influenced games at times.

“It will be a great challenge for us but one that we are all looking forward to here in the red centre.” 

The Scorchers come into the game following an eight wicket win over ladder-leaders the Sydney Thunder. 

The game between the Scorchers and Strikers on 13 January will be broadcast live on Network Ten from 9.00am WST, while the Sunday match can be live streamed on