Nowadays, WBBL|05 finals are trending. Cricket buffs want to know about it. As per our compilations, you can know about the Schedules, Broadcast, Tickets, and form: everything you need to know about the Rebel WBBL Finals Weekend is right here
Why is the Big Bash Finals this time is so early?!
We feel yes. It has been a wild, exciting ride and now with all 56(!) regular season matches finished, it is the time for finals!
This year, the finals of WBBL have taken on a new format in keeping with the season of initial standalone.
Both semi-finals and the final both will take place ahead of the EPIC Finals weekend at Allan Border in Brisbane City, with the Heat winning hosting rights after pipping Adelaide Strikers to the post for the top spot.
First semi-final: Strikers v Scorchers, Saturday 10.10am (11.10am AEDT)
Second semi-final: Heat v Renegades, Saturday 1.50pm (2.50pm AEDT)
Final: SF1 v SF2, Sunday 1.40pm (2.40pm AEDT)
The semi-final action will take place on Saturday, with just enough time to breathe deeply before the winners meet in the final on Sunday.
How can I watch it?
Don’t be afraid, you can still watch every moment live and free in person if you can’t be there.
Both the semi-finals and the final will be broadcast via 7mate on free-to-air television, while the games will be replicated by Fox cricket, which can also be viewed on the cricket Australia Live app via Kayo.
And if that is not enough, cricket.com.au and the CA Live app will have live scores and every big moment highlights, as well as replays of every wicket and boundaries in the match center, plus on-the-ground internet, video and social coverage.
Did I hear something about a good cause?
The WBBL collaborated with Australia Red cross to raise funds and awareness during a collaboration with the Australian Red Cross to raise funds and raise awareness for Australians impacted by this year’s disasters, including the latest bush fire, during the Finals weekend.
Volunteers will be on the ground throughout the Finals weekend and all emergency services personnel will be welcome to come to the ground free of charge.
Sophie Devine, the allrounder of Strikers, will also use her “zinc match” to raise money for the Red Cross. Devine has provided blue zinc this season and challenged opposing team leaders to do the same, contributing $100 every time to the charity of their rival’ choice.
Make sure you bring your zinc and wear it with pride!
If you can’t make it to the game, donate HERE to the Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund of the Australian Red Cross.
The Heat is the reigning champion and has the home ground advantage, but it is worth noting that the Renegades won five of their past seven games against the Brisbane side, including their impressive six-wicket victory at AB field late last month.
Kirby Short’s team won eight of their last nine games, but could an upset be on the cards with their only loss coming to the Renegades?
Meanwhile, at the end of the season, the Renegades gained momentum, winning six of their last eight games.
Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers
Overall: Strikers 6 – Scorchers 4
The Scorchers won two of their past three games against the Strikers, including their two-run victory on November 9 at Karen Rolton Oval, with honors split in their two home-and-away meetings at WBBL|05.
Players to watch
Beth Mooney + Amelia Kerr Brisbane Heat
The second-highest run-scorer of the season, Mooney from 14 innings was incredibly consistent for the Heat with eight half-centuries. Also, Ellyse Perry (443) scored more runs against the Renegades than Mooney (388) in the history of the tournament.
Jess Duffin + Lea Tahuhu Melbourne Renegades
Duffin was the catalyst for the Renegades, batting in the middle order, picking up the pieces on multiple occasions when the top order struggled. She thrives on spin bowling- see Amelia Kerr – making it a worth watch contest.
Speedster Tahuhu didn’t pick up as many wickets as she might have liked with nine scalps this season, but she was bowling at a pace of 5.9. Considering the form of Heat Opener Mooney, it could be her make-or-break performance with the ball in the power play.
Sophie Devine + Megan Schutt Adelaide Strikers
Little needs to be said about Devine, who was crowned tournament player. She’s leading the league runs the table, she’s got 17 wickets, so can the Scorchers drop her? It’s worth noting that the first time the teams met this season, she was out poorly, but Adelaide still won a fifth.
Meg Lanning + Heather Graham Perth Scorchers
Since Nat Sciver and Amy Jones have left duties in England, everything falls on the shoulders of Lanning. She scored a century last weekend and may well need to deliver another if the in-form Strikers are knocked off by her undermanned side.
The teams don’t need to announce the final rosters until 2 pm on Friday, but here are the current contract lists of the four finalists, excluding players that are unavailable due to international commitments.
Brisbane Heat: Kirby Short(c), Haidee Birkett, Maddy Green, Laura Harris, Grace Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonassen, Amelia Kerr, Delissa Kimmince, Charlo Knott, Lilly Mills, Beth Mooney Georgia Prestwidge, Courtney Sippel.
Adelaide Strikers: Suzie Bates (c), Darcie Brown, Sarah Coyte, Sophie Devine, Ellie Falconer, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath, Tegan McPharlin Annie O’Neil, Bridget Patterson, Alex Price, Tabatha Saville, Megan Schutt, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Perth Scorchers: Meg Lanning (c), Jemma Barsby, Sam Betts, Nicole Bolton, Mathilda Carmichael, Amy Edgar, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Kath Hempenstall, Emma King, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Georgia Redmayne,
Melbourne Renegades: Jess Duffin (c), Chamari Athapaththu, Maitlan Brown, Makinley Blows, Josie Dooley, Erica Kershaw, Anna Lanning, Carly Leeson, Sophie Molineux, Courtney Neale, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb.