This match shapes up to be slightly more one sided than the other semi-final, purely because of the Sydney Sixers’ dominance this season.
Ellyse Perry’s exploits have been widely praised this season but it’s still not enough. She has scored 690 runs at an average of 86.25.
Those numbers are unparalleled and might not be seen again for a long time.
She truly is the best women’s cricketer in the world at the moment, and she might have an argument to be the greatest of all time if she continues this trajectory.
Her opening partner is no slouch either, with Alyssa Healy quietly amassing a dominant tournament to back-up her player of the tournament honours at the T20 World Cup. She’s scored 426 runs at an average of 35 .5 and a fantastic strike rate of 144.9.
As if the Sixers didn’t already have enough batting, Australian first drop Ash Gardner comes in at three and has a WBBL century to her name, while Erin Burns was player of the match just a couple of games ago.
Luckily, the Renegades do have one of the strongest bowling attacks in the competition. They’re heavily reliant on spinners, but Molly Strano, Georgia Wareham and Sophie Molineux have all been fantastic.
Between them, they’ve taken 44 wickets at an average of 19 and an economy of 6. One of the most crucial parts of their combination is that they all provide something different.
Strano is an off-spinner that can bowl with the new ball and who also often bowls at the death, Molineux can be a defensive bowler in the powerplay or an attacking option in the middle overs, and Wareham is the attacking leg spinner that almost always bowls during the middle overs.
Don’t discount Lea Tahuhu either. The Kiwi quick is the fastest in the world and conceded just seven runs from her four overs last time these two teams met.
Where the Renegades could struggle is with the bat.
While Sophie Molineux and Danni Wyatt have been good at the top of the order, other contributors have been few and far between.
Skipper Amy Satterthwaite has been hot and cold and has often struggled to keep her strike rate above 100. Jess Duffin has been good lately, but her innings have mainly been cameos rather than match winning.
Apart from those four, no one has provided much value with the bat, and if the Sixers can take early wickets, they’ll be tough to beat.
Given that the Sixers have had two of the best bowlers in the tournament in Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they beat the Renegades comfortably.
Add to that Lauren Cheatle, who has 14 wickets this tournament, and Australian all-rounders Perry and Gardner – the former of whom has been considered the best bowler in the world at times – and the Sixers have a fantastic bowling attack to compliment their batting.
The action all takes place at Drummoyne Oval on Saturday afternoon, so get down and support all of the players as they battle it out for WBBL04.