Female A-Grade T20 Grand Final Preview
17 February 2017  


South Perth will be without Perth Scorchers spearhead Piepa Cleary for Sunday's Female A-Grade T20 final against Midland-Guildford at the WACA Ground.

Cleary was one of the standout bowlers in the second half of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League finishing with 11 wickets from her eight matches.

However, a back injury has ruled the talented fast bowler out of Sunday's final.

The 20-year-old said despite the disappointment of missing out, the undefeated Sky Blues would be confident of getting the result.

"We have been excellent at restricting sides to low scores this season, which has gone a long way to us being undefeated,” Cleary said.

"Bowling is obviously our strong point, but we’ve had lots of contributors with the bat as well.

"The Swans have some great spinners in their side, so if we can play them well I think the team can, hopefully, go all the way.”

Midland-Guildford will be quietly confident themselves, after skipper and Scorchers batter Chloe Piparo scored a remarkable 161 not out in a one dayer a fortnight ago.

Piparo said there’s no reason why her side couldn’t get the job done over their highly fancied opponents.

"It’s important we do the basics well if we’re to be a chance of winning tomorrow,” Piparo said.

"Being smart running between the wickets and fielding well is crucial for us and are both things we’ve been working hard on.

"Two of our all-rounders Beth Dawson and Taneale Peschel have been brilliant this season, so expect them to be key contributors for us.”

The Swans will be without Scorchers opening batter Elyse Villani, who is on Southern Stars duty.

Piparo said Villani’s absence could be a good omen.

"Elyse only managed one game for us this season due to the Big Bash and international duties, and we lost that game,” Piparo said.

"Although it’d be nice to have such a talented and experienced player like Junior in the side for such a big game, I’m confident we can still put in a great performance.”

The Female A Grade T20 final gets underway from 1:15pm at the WACA Ground.

-Jake Battrick