Leg-spinner Cameron Boyce has backed the Hurricanes chances of making the BBL|06 semi-finals ahead of Saturday’s must-win match against the Perth Scorchers at Blundstone Arena.
Speaking with media at the Hurricanes Family Fun Day at the Doone Kennedy Aquatic Centre on Tuesday, Boyce said the squad was refreshed and refocused after last week’s historic win over the Renegades at Etihad Stadium and were looking forwards to the game ahead.
“I think it took a couple of days to settle in after that win. Having said that, we’ve got a massive game coming up. As soon as that win died down, we still knew we had to beat the Scorchers so all our attention has been focused on that.
Boyce downplayed the influence of other BBL fixtures happening throughout the week, maintaining the squad was concentrating solely on the Scorchers fixture and securing their fourth win of the season to give themselves the best possible shot at a finals berth.
“We try to just worry about ourselves and not focus too much on the other results, though they are going to come into play. We’ve been in this position the past couple of years and obviously we have to win on Saturday, so we’ll just see where we are after that.
“I think we’ve seen teams in the past come from our position and they tend to be really dangerous in the last few games of the tournament. We only know that if we hit momentum at the right time going into the finals, we’re a real shot.
“I think the best defensive bowling team will come out on top [on Saturday]. We certainly haven’t bowled as well as we would have liked to, so we’ll definitely be looking at that.
Last year’s leading wicket-taker for the Canes with 11 scalps, Boyce has claimed only 5 wickets in BBL|06 and admitted it had been a tough season despite a self-assessed improvement on previous years.
“It’s been a bit of a tough year, I suppose. I feel like I’ve been bowling better than my last few seasons but haven’t got as many wickets, but that’s T20.
“There’s been a lot of runs scored and a lot of sixes being hit in BBL|06, so I don’t think the bowlers are liking it too much.
“Having said that, I’ve enjoyed my role for the team - whatever I’ve needed to do, I’ve been doing it – but you know the tournament isn’t over yet, so hopefully I can have a few big games and we can get through to the final.
The BBL Hobart Hurricanes face up against the Perth Scorchers on Saturday 21 January as part of our final double-header for 2016/17. The WBBL Hurricanes take on the Melbourne Stars at 11:45am before the BBL Hurricanes begin at 4:20pm.