Last time they met, Beth Mooney hit 102 off 55 balls to steer her team to victory, but the Thunder won’t be too disappointed given that they were highly competitive in a game where one player changed the landscape of the match.

Middle-order batter Naomi Stalenberg confirmed that the Thunder will stick to their guns in the semi-final.

“I don’t think we’ll change too much,” Stalenberg said.

“In terms of the bat we’re all hitting the ball really well. It was a really exciting game up in Cairns and I don’t think we can change too much from that.

“Sydney Thunder have a lot of experience, especially internationally, and everyone’s contributed in a really good way, so we’re all really excited."

The Thunder will rely on openers Rachael Haynes and Rachel Priest to get them off to a strong start. Their plan so far this season has been for Priest to attack the new ball, and for Haynes to bat deep into the innings, and that will continue in the semi-final.

With Alex Blackwell coming into form in the latter stages of the competition, all of the Thunder middle-order batters have contributed this season, and this is an area that they look to have a slight advantage over the Heat.

Even in the lower middle-order, Stefanie Taylor and Nicola Carey are averaging 39 and 42.5 respectively as late order finishers.

Indian superstar Harmanpreet Kaur has been well below her best in the latter stages of this tournament, but she’s got plenty of big match experience and could be a difference maker in the finals.

With the ball, it’s variety that is the key for the Thunder. They might not have the biggest names, but their attack boasts two off-spinners, two leg spinners and an array of quicks that all fill their role slightly differently.

After an inconsistent WBBL03, the Heat have stormed into the semi-finals this season after improving their consistency.

Plenty will fall on the shoulders of openers Grace Harris and Beth Mooney, the latter of whom explained the improvements the Heat have made this season.

“To be able to perform against different opponents has been crucial,” Mooney said.

“We’ve got one up on (the Thunder) recently, so hopefully that’ll get in their heads a little bit.

“The biggest change this year is that people have owned their game a bit more, and they know exactly what they need to do when they get out there, they know their role. The top six have all performed at some point during the season, and the bowlers have done their job too."

Players performing their role has been a key for the Heat. Rather than relying on international stars, they’ve opted for home grown talent and have backed them in to perform a role.

This has worked wonders for the likes of Sammy-Jo Johnson, who has been promoted to first drop as a pinch hitter while keeping her opening bowling duties. She’s taken 18 wickets at an economy of just 6.45 and has scored 223 runs at a strike rate of 143.

While their middle order has been okay this season, they have been relied on only to produce cameo roles, with Harris and Mooney dominating at the top of the order. This means that if the Thunder can break up the crucial opening partnership early, the Heat could find themselves in an unfamiliar and troublesome situation.

The Heat do have a much-improved bowling attack, though, with Aussie T20 players Delissa Kimmince and Jess Jonassen joining Harris and Johnson to form a solid bowling unit.

Ultimately, this match looks to be pretty even, and it might come down to some individual brilliance to break this match open.

The semi-finals matches will be at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney on a Saturday afternoon, in a ground-breaking standalone fixture, so if you’re around Sydney, get down and support some great cricket. 

Prediction: The Thunder should win in Sydney, but it should be extremely tight.