Sydney Thunder will play the Brisbane Heat on Saturday morning in the first Rebel Women’s Big Bash League semi-final.
Thunder and Heat, who played out a thrilling match in Cairns narrowly won by the Heat on Saturday night, will go head to head at 10:40am AEDT at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney’s inner-west.
“It was a great game, we lost with just three balls to go so it’s a great opportunity to learn. Beth Mooney played a sensational innings so we’ll learn from that and develop over this week,” said off-spinner Sam Bates.
Bates said Thunder are in a better place than they were last season when they lost to the Scorchers by 27-runs in the first semi-final in Perth.
“We’re a different team from last year, we’ve grown together and we’ve become a lot closer as a team and this time we’ll also be in Sydney. No better way to kick off finals than in front of a home crowd.”
Minor premiers the Sydney Sixers will meet the fourth-placed Melbourne Renegades in another rematch of this weekend’s action. The second semi-final will also take place at Drummoyne Oval, beginning at 1:50pm AEDT.
This season is the first time the WBBL finals have been played separately from the men's competition, with the highest-ranked team to advance to the final earn the right to host the match, meaning the WBBL|04 decider will be played at either Drummoyne Oval or Brisbane’s Allan Border Field on January 26.
WBBL|04 semi-finals will be broadcast live on FOX Cricket, Seven Network and ABC Radio.