21/04/2024

Perth Scorchers looking to repeat after winning the decider in close fashion. (Image: Perth Scorchers Website)

After being eliminated in the semi-finals by the Melbourne Stars in WBBL06, the Scorchers were looking to get better and get to the final for a chance at the championship.

The Scorchers would dominate the league in WBBL|07 and end up winning the championship. The group will be hungry to go back-to-back and are looking to repeat their success this upcoming season.

Last season:

The Scorchers had the outcome of their games consist of either very close games or comprehensive wins. Their biggest win of the season was against the defending champions Sydney Thunder, beating them by 81 runs which was also their most impressive win.  

The Scorchers were the minor premiers of the WBBL|07 and would beat the Sydney Sixers for a spot in the grand final against the Adelaide Strikers.

Perth would end up winning the championship decider beating the Adelaide Strikers by 12 runs.

The Scorchers only lost two games in the WBBL|07 season, having their worse game against the Brisbane Heat, losing by 59 runs and the Hobart Hurricanes, just shy of two runs.

Squad:

Charis Bekker, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Sophie Devine (c), Maddy Darke, Amy Edgar, Holly Ferling, Maddy Green (NZ), Marizanne Kapp (RSA), Alana King, Lilly Mills, Beth Mooney, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo, Georgie Wylie 

Big inclusion:

Maddy Green is the biggest inclusion to the Scorchers team in WBBL|08. Green’s international experience and T20 experience with the Brisbane Heat will add to Perth’s group of reliable players.

Being able to hold her own on the crease and control the batting game with her ability to turn the strike over, Green’s versatility as a batter is a positive for the Scorchers and can be placed anywhere in the batting order.

Green’s fielding is also an underrated part of her game, using her high cricket IQ and tactical approach to the game to counter the opposition’s batting run. 

Who’s missing?

In a team often stacked with talent, Heather Graham is the biggest loss for the Scorchers due to her underrated standing in the team.

Graham’s bowling numbers were solid, playing in 14 matches this past season and collecting 18 wickets with an economy rate of 6.38 in 13 innings.

She is a fantastic all-rounder option and has been an asset to Perth and their mid-order batting stocks.

Wildcard player:

Maddy Darke has shown a lot of upside and has the best chance of being a breakout player for the Scorchers.

Darke has a strong controlled batting game and is able to adapt to tricky surfaces on the crease.

Darke’s glove-work as a keeper also played a pivotal role in the WNCL tournament while representing Western Australia.

Being part of a winning culture with the Perth Scorchers would open doors for her to be able to play steady when batting and allow her to naturally build strongly on the crease. She could be the difference as the Scorchers’ wicket-keeper, potentially making her their best role player.

More WBBL Season Previews:

WBBL|08 Season Preview: Brisbane Heat

WBBL|08 Season Preview: Melbourne Renegades

WBBL|08 Season Preview: Melbourne Stars

Rookie to watch:

Charis Bekker is a rookie that has made her way up from WA’s academy pathway program and was duly rewarded with a two-year contract with the Scorchers.

The 18-year-old all-rounder was incredible during her first WNCL tournament in the 2021-22 season. During the tournament she took five wickets from five innings while keeping her economy rate clean at 4.33 with her left-arm orthodox spin. 

Squad strengths:

The fielding and bowling strategies that the Scorchers have been able to build have been the key to their success, especially in the WBBL|07 season. 

The depth within the bowling attack that the Scorchers possess is one of the best in the competition. The versatility of different pace options and bowling techniques that the Scorchers have will be difficult for their opponents to counter regardless of the conditions of the game.

The batting talent that the Scorchers have picked up and retained this off-season has been a massive strength for the side as there were games where they lacked middle order batting options which subsequently cost the Scorchers close games. This could be a weakness depending on the order and the middle-order being able to step up and contribute more to the scoring.

Squad weaknesses:

The batting order needs to be improved for the Scorchers which has partially been addressed with the signings of Green and Darke in the off-season.

This should open up the flexibility of the batting order for the Scorchers depending on the strategy they implement against their opponents.

Outside of Sophie Devine, the other batters struggled to hold their own from time-to-time and with the signings of batters and all-rounders this off-season, the Scorchers batting order could see a big shake-up ahead of the WBBL|08 season.

Predicted XI 

  1. Sophie Devine (C)
  2. Beth Mooney 
  3. Maddy Green
  4. Chloe Piparo 
  5. Marizanne Kapp
  6. Maddy Darke
  7. Alana King
  8. Lilly Mills
  9. Taneale Peschel 
  10. Georgie Wiley
  11. Piepa Cleary

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