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
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
"Two of our all-rounders Beth Dawson and Taneale
Peschel have been brilliant this season, so expect them to be key contributors
The Swans will be without Scorchers opening
batter Elyse Villani, who is on Southern Stars duty.
Piparo said Villani’s absence could be a
"Elyse only managed one game for us this
season due to the Big Bash and international duties, and we lost that game,”
"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.