WBBL|02: The run home to finals
Six teams remain in the running for finals in what's shaping as an enthralling final round of matches to end the Rebel Women's Big Bash League season
18 January 2017, 07:21 AM AEST
Six teams will be vying for a top-four spot in what looms as an exciting finish to the Rebel Women's Big Bash League season.
The final eight matches of the regular season will be played across Friday and Saturday, with teams to do battle against the same opponent in both of their remaining fixtures.
There will be an intense battle to secure top-four berths, with the Sydney Sixers the only team to have been sewn up a finals spot.
Should teams finish level on points, they’ll be separated by number of wins first and then net run rate. With a thrilling finish in store, we’ve detailed what each of the eight teams need to do to keep their tournament hopes alive.
Remaining WBBL matches:
State of Play
Current Position: 1 Points: 16 Run rate: +0.411
The Sixers have secured a finals spot and just about sealed top spot on the ladder. The only way they can be dislodged from a top-two spot is if they lose one their two matches and the Scorchers win both of their games in a convincing manner to push their net run-rate past the Sixers.
Current Position: 2 Points: 14 Run rate: +0.370
The Scorchers need one win from their final two matches to secure a place in the top four. If they have happen to lose both of their matches, there is a slim chance they could miss out if either the Stars or Hurricanes (who play each other) and Heat win both of their matches. The Scorchers however have the luxury of having a healthy net run rate meaning even if they do lose both their matches and results go against them, they may still just sneak in.
Current position: 3 Points: 13 Run rate: -0.044
Since the Hurricanes are playing against the Stars, who are currently in fourth spot, just one win should be enough for them to book a finals spot as it will keep them one point ahead of the Stars. However, if they lose both of their matches they will need the Strikers to beat the Heat twice over the weekend to stay alive.
If they win both and if the Scorchers and Sixers lose both of their games, they could even end up on top.
Current position: 4 Points: 12 Run rate: 0.297
The equation is simple for the Stars: win both matches and they will be playing in the finals. If they lose one it will mean the Hurricanes climb ahead of them, leaving the Stars to fight it out for the last spot with the Brisbane Heat.
If the Stars lose one game, they'll need the Heat to lose both their matches against the Renegades or hope that even if the Heat win just one, their retain a superior net run rate.
Current position: 5 Points: 12 Run Rate: -0.101
If the Heat win both matches they will be guaranteed a finals spot as they will jump above the Stars or Hurricanes. If the Heat manage to lose one match they need the Stars to beat the Hurricanes twice over the weekend or they need to win one match so convincingly and hope the Stars get thumped in one of their matches, which will make their net-rate superior to the Stars.
Current Position: 6 Points: 10 Run rate: -0.079
The Thunder first need to win both of their matches against the Scorchers and win them in an emphatic manner to boost their net run rate. They then need the Heat to lose both of their matches against the Strikers and hope the Stars can topple the Hurricanes twice.
Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers
The Melbourne Renegades and the Adelaide Strikers can start planning for next season as there is no possibility of them sneaking into the top four. However, their matches against the Sixers and the Heat will have an impact on which teams qualify for the finals.