Sydney Thunder quick Rene Farrell excited about WBBBL

HOWZAT: Sydney Thunder quick Rene Farrell celebrates a wicket against the Perth Scorchers last weekend.
HOWZAT: Sydney Thunder quick Rene Farrell celebrates a wicket against the Perth Scorchers last weekend.

Sydney Thunder will prepare for their double header in Wagga with a top of the table crosstown derby on Saturday.

The Thunder have moved to the top of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) despite splitting the double header with Perth Scorchers last weekend.

The Thunder only have one match to play before they face Adelaide Strikers in a WBBL double header at Robertson Oval.

It just happens to be against the second-placed Sydney Sixers at the SCG.

“First we’ve got to fire up against the Sixers, they beat us the first time and we don’t want that to happen again,” Farrell said.

Depending on the result of that clash, the Thunder against the Strikers in Wagga next weekend could be another top of the table clash.

The Strikers have moved to third place on the ladder, with only net run rate the difference between them and the Sixers.

“Adelaide are a great team and have probably under-performed the first couple of years,” Farrell said.

“Suzie Bates is world class, then you have got Megan Schutt and Amanda Wellington who are great bowlers. 

Suzie Bates in action for Adelaide Strikers.

Suzie Bates in action for Adelaide Strikers.

“They are a class team and it’s going to be a really important game. We’ll be hoping to get the win.”

Farrell, an Australian fast bowler, said there is a few things the Thunder need to work on against the Sixers.

“The big thing for us is there were a lot of dot balls with our batting over in Perth,” she said.

“Alex (Blackwell) was in top form and we didn’t rotate the strike enough to get her facing. We bat deep so losing wickets it not a big deal.

“We also had 21 wides at the WACA and that’s unheard of. It was just one of those days but we’ll look to make sure that doesn’t happen again."

Farrell, 30, is looking forward to the double header in Wagga.

She is no stranger to Robertson Oval, having played for ACT Meteors against the NSW Breakers in a Twenty20 game in 2013.

Alex Blackwell scored 81 off 58 balls against Perth Scorchers in the second match of last weekend's double header.

Alex Blackwell scored 81 off 58 balls against Perth Scorchers in the second match of last weekend's double header.

“I’m excited about heading there,” Farrell said.

“I remember playing there before against NSW when I was playing for ACT Meteors. It was meant to be an ACT home game but with Alex (Blackwell) playing, all her family was there and everyone was cheering for NSW.

“I liked playing there though, it was a nice oval. Hopefully the wicket hasn’t changed too much because I really enjoyed it. It was the type of wicket if you get it in the right areas, you would get a wicket, and batting, if you got set then you could score runs.

“We went down to Albury recently and got a good crowd down there. That’s why we love heading to regional areas, we get really good support.”

Farrell will come to Wagga in form after being named player of the match in the Thunder’s first game against the Scorchers last weekend. They took 2-19 off her four overs, and an unbeaten five with the bat.

Play on both days of the Wagga double header gets underway at 2pm.

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