Women’s Big Bash Betting 2019 -Team-by-team guide

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Sydney Sixers [2.9]

To make final 1/2
Win percentage 67.1
Last year Runners up
Most runs Perry 2,143
Most wickets Aley 74
Record bat 1st 26/18
Record bat 2nd 17/3

In Maddy Darke, Emma Hughes, Stella Campbell, Alisha Burns
Out Sara McGlashan (retired), Tahlia Wilson (Thunder), Carly Leeson (Renegades), Clara Iemma
Squad Sarah Aley, Alisha Bates, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle, Maddy Darke, Ashleigh Gardner (Aus), Alyssa Healy (Aus), Jodie Hicks, Emma Hughes, Marizanne Kapp (SA), Ellyse Perry (Aus) (c), Hayley Silver-Holmes, Dane van Niekerk (SA), Lauren Smith

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Verdict: Good luck getting this lot beat. They have all bases covered and with that win percentage have to be one of the most feared T20 teams of all time. They sit – and look down their noses a bit – alongside Chennai Super Kings, Trinbago Knight Riders and Perth Scorchers. They have never failed to make final with two titles and two runners-up. They will be desperate to avenge defeat last year's to the Heat. It's hard to see them not making the final. Perry is as reliable a top-bat bet as they come, too

Brisbane Heat 5/1

To make final 5/2
Win percentage 55.9
Last year Winners
Most runs Mooney 1,833
Most wickets Klimmince 57
Record bat 1st 12/10
Record bat 2nd 21/16

In Amelia Kerr (NZ), Maddy Green (NZ), Mikayla Hinkley (Hurricanes), Lilly Mills
Out Jemma Barsby (Scorchers), Josie Dooley (Renegades), Sune Luus (SA), Laura Wolvaardt (SA)
Squad Lilly Mills, Charli Knott, Haidee Birkett, Maddy Green (NZ), Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonassen (Aus), Amelia Kerr (international), Delissa Kimmince (Aus), Beth Mooney (Aus), Georgia Prestwidge, Kirby Short, Courtney Sippel.

Verdict: The Heat will probably balk at those odds. Do they not deserve more respect, particularly as the bulk of the title-winning squad have remained? They also have a 5-4 record on the head-to-heads against the Sixers. Still, their title season was something of a surprise. In the three previous editions they had only once managed to be in the black. The two other campaigns they had even money records.

Perth Scorchers 6/1

To make final 3/1
Win percentage 52.4
Last year Fifth
Most runs Bolton 1,180
Most wickets Graham 57
Record bat 1st 9/18
Record bat 2nd 23/11

In Jemma Barsby (Heat), Samantha Betts (Strikers), Kath Hempenstall (WA), Georgia Redmayne (Hurricanes), Nat Sciver (Eng), Kim Garth (Ireland)
Out Lauren Ebsary (retired), Elyse Villani (Stars), Megan Banting, Emily Smith, Kate Cross, Bhavish Devchand, Hayley Jensen
Squad Jemma Barsby, Samantha Betts, Nicole Bolton (Aus), Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Kim Garth (Ireland), Heather Graham, Kath Hempenstall, Amy Jones (Eng), Emma King, Meg Lanning (Aus), Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Georgia Redmayne, Natalie Sciver (Eng)

Verdict The Scorchers have not managed to match their male counterparts in the Bash. They await their first title and there are signs of decline after a disappointing campaign last time. The loss of Elyse Villani, their most reliable rungetter, to the Stars is a huge blow. Meg Lanning and the experienced Nicole Bolton will have to dig in. England's Nat Sciver has been signed to bolster a squad which have to be taken on defending a total.

Adelaide Strikers 6/1

To make final 11/4
Win percentage 52.4
Last year Sixth
Most runs Devine 1,405
Most wickets Graham 57
Record bat 1st 15/17
Record bat 2nd 7/15

In Katie Mack (Stars), Stafanie Taylor (WI, Thunder), Lauren Winfield (Eng)
Out Dani Hazell (Eng), Samantha Betts (Scorchers), Katelyn Pope, Eliza Doddridge
Squad Suzie Bates (NZ), Darcie Brown, Sarah Coyte, Sophie Devine (NZ), Ellie Falconer, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath, Tegan McPharlin, Annie O'Neill, Bridget Patterson, Alex Price, Tabatha Saville, Megan Schutt (Aus), Stafanie Taylor (WI), Amanda-Jade Wellington (Aus), Lauren Winfield (Eng, replacement)

Verdict: The Strikers have consistently disappointed. Only once have they managed a season in profit in the win-loss columns. They have made one semi-final (two years ago) and other than that never finished higher than sixth. In Bates and Devine they have reliable fast starters. The Kiwi pair are dominant in the runs charts so keep them in mind on top bat markets. This is a team to be taken on in a chase, though.

Melbourne Renegades 6/1

To make final 3/1
Win percentage 52.4
Last year Third
Most runs Molineux 977
Most wickets Strano 72
Record bat 1st 8/14
Record bat 2nd 15/19

In Josie Dooley (Heat), Tammy Beaumont (Eng), Makinley Blows (Stars), Carly Leeson (Sixers), Courtney Neale
Out Tayla Vlaeminck (Hurricanes), Amy Satterthwaite (maternity), Emma Inglis, Anna Lanning, Zoe Cooke
Squad Tammy Beaumont (Eng), Makinley Blows, Maitlan Brown, Josie Dooley, Jess Duffin, Erica Kershaw, Claire Koski, Carly Leeson, Sophie Molineux (Aus), Courtney Neale, Molly Strano, Lea Tahuhu (NZ), Georgia Wareham (Aus), Courtney Webb, Danni Wyatt (Eng)

Verdict:Renegades are like chalk and cheese chasing or defending. They are a back and lay respectively. Such an up and down record means they are difficult to trust for an outright pick. They have also lost their captain, Amy Satterthwaite, but Tammy Beaumont is a strong signing from England.

To make final 3/1
Win percentage 52.4
Last year Fourth
Most runs Blackwell 1,435
Most wickets Farrell 68
Record bat 1st 13/9
Record bat 2nd 23/13

In Tahlia Wilson (Sixers), Nida Dar (Pakistan), Shabnim Ismail (SA), Kate Peterson, Phoebe Litchfield
Out Nicola Carey (Hurricanes), Maisy Gibson (Hurricanes), Belinda Vakarewa (Hurricanes), Stafanie Taylor (Strikers), Harmanpreet Kaur
Squad Rachael Haynes (Aus) (c), Sam Bates, Alex Blackwell, Nida Dar (Pak), Hannah Darlington, Rene Farrell, Lisa Griffith, Saskia Horley, Shabnim Ismail (SA), Kate Peterson, Rachel Priest (NZ), Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Trenaman, Tahlia Wilson

Verdict: One title and two semi-finals in four years suggests this is a big price. Don't be fooled. Thunder have suffered a player drain and they are starting from scratch. Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson and Belinda Vakarewa have left for the Hobart Hurricanes, Windies star Stafanie Taylor has moved to the Strikers and Harmanpreet Kaur, the India star, is unlikely to feature.

Hobart Hurricanes 9/1

To make final 4/1
To finish bottom 2/1
Win percentage 33.3
Last year Eighth
Most runs Knight 1,071
Most wickets Hepburn 40
Record bat 1st 12/22
Record bat 2nd 7/16

In Nicola Carey (Thunder), Maisy Gibson (Thunder), Belinda Vakarewa (Thunder), Tayla Vlaeminck (Renegades), Fran Wilson (Eng), Chloe Tryon (SA), Emily Smith (Scorchers)
Out Veronica Pyke (retired), Georgia Redmayne (Scorchers), Mikayla Hinkley (Heat), Ashley Day, Rhiann O'Donnell, Smriti Mandhana, Emma Thompson
Squad Corinne Hall (c), Nicola Carey (Aus), Stefanie Daffara, Erin Fazackerley, Katelyn Fryett, Maisy Gibson, Brooke Hepburn, Heather Knight (Eng), Hayley Matthews (WI, replacement), Sasha Moloney, Meg Phillips, Emily Smith, Chloe Tryon (SA), Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck, Fran Wilson (Eng)

Verdict: The Hurricanes are possibly the value on the outright because their bottom-placed finish last season is irrelevant. They have signed seven new players, including two Australia internationals in Carey and Vlaeminck. England's Knight is their best rungetter and they could finally have a season to remember.

Melbourne Stars 9/1

To finish bottom 15/8
Win percentage 43.6
Last year Seventh
Most runs Du Preez 714
Most wickets King 36
Record bat 1st 10/19
Record bat 2nd 14/12

In Elyse Villani (Scorchers), Emma Inglis (Renegades), Lucy Cripps, Tess Flintoff, Katey Martin
Out Katie Mack (Strikers), Makinley Blows (Renegades), Georgia Elwiss, Elly Donald, Chloe Rafferty
Squad Kristen Beams, Lucy Cripps, Mignon du Preez (SA), Nicole Faltum, Holly Ferling, Tess Flintoff, Nicola Hancock, Emma Inglis, Alana King, Lizelle Lee (SA), Katey Martin (NZ), Erin Osborne, Angela Reakes, Annabel Sutherland, Elyse Villani (Aus)(c)

Verdict: The Stars have never finished in the top four. They seem chunky to improve by a few wins, particularly as Villani has arrived to replace previous run-machine Mack. Kiwi batter Martin is an eye-catching signing.

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