Hurstville Oval will once again play host to the Sydney Sixers this week-end with games on Saturday and Sunday against the in form Adelaide Strikers. Gates open at 1.30pm with both games starting at 2.0pm.
Adelaide Strikers will embark on a mission to rewrite history when they travel to Sydney to take on the Sixers this weekend.
The Strikers are second on the Rebel WBBL table with one weekend of regular season matches remaining.
Should they win both of their upcoming matches against the Sixers at Hurstville Oval, they will earn the right to host the WBBL semi-finals and final on December 7-8.
But standing in their way is a wounded Sixers outfit fighting for survival in WBBL|05 after losing four matches in a row for the first time since the first edition of the competition.
History, also, goes against the Strikers; in four seasons they have never beaten the Sixers.
The teams have met at Hurstville three times across the last two seasons, with one thing remaining consistent – Alyssa Healy making big runs.
The Sixers are fourth on the table, level on 12 points with the fifth-ranked Renegades.
They need to win both matches against the Strikers and maintain a superior net run rate to the Renegades to be sure of advancing, a loss would leave them relying on the Renegades also drop at least one match.
The Strikers currently sit level on 18 points with the top-ranked Brisbane Heat but have a game in hand, meaning two wins would see them earn the right to host the finals even if the Heat defeat the Stars on Sunday.
Ellyse Perry is confident she will be available to play her part for the Sixers.
The superstar all-rounder is in doubt having suffered a shoulder injury. It was initially feared the 29-year-old could miss up to three weeks after reportedly suffering a low grade AC injury after landing hard on her right shoulder while attempting to take a difficult catch in the outfield during the Sixers' last ball loss to the Melbourne Renegades earlier this month.
But Perry told the Leader she hoped to be involved as the Sixers attempt to keep their season alive at Hurstville.
"It's coming along really well," she said.
"We probably won't know for sure until closer to the weekend but fingers crossed. I've been in really good hands this last week or so and I'm confident."
The Sixers suffered a disappointing double header in Perth over the weekend as they lost both matches to the Scorchers with Perry sidelined.
Those defeats left Sydney in fourth place on the WBBL table with their two matches against Adelaide remaining. The Strikers, who missed the finals last season, are in second place and vying with Brisbane for the minor premiership.
But they have never beaten the Sixers, losing all nine of their meetings including three defeats at Hurstville.
"The biggest thing for us is to make the finals and obviously these two matches are vital. Adelaide are a really strong team, they're playing great cricket. [But] we've never lost to them in the four seasons of this competition," she said.
"In this competition every team is very competitive. I feel like we've just got to play well and not really worry about the opposition. We've been off the mark in the last couple of games. But with a little more contribution from everyone in our team with the bat or ball that can change very quickly.