The WBBL Hobart Hurricanes have powered into finals contention after posting an emphatic six-wicket win over the Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena on Monday night.
Now siting in third position with two games remaining, the WBBL Canes have the opportunity to secure a top-two position should they post consecutive wins over the Melbourne Stars in their forthcoming fixtures.
Speaking from the Hurricanes Family Fun Day at Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre, Canes superstar Amy Satterthwaite was upbeat about the team’s finals prospects after Monday night’s win, highlighting the team’s fielding pressure as a key factor in separating them from the congested WBBL ladder.
“I think the competition is really close. If you look at the table, you can see that six teams could still make the finals and at times everyone’s been a bit win-loss-win-loss, so we’re just looking to string a few performances together.
“I think the best thing about last night was our intensity in the field and that allowed us to put in a pretty complete performance.
“I know we were disappointed with the way we played against the Sixers, so to bounce back from that last night was really pleasing.
“In the past we’ve probably let teams off, so to keep our momentum against the Thunder was really important and we can take confidence from that into the coming weekend.”
Satterthwaite was typically modest after her match-winning efforts with the ball – a sensational 5-17 including a hat-trick with her final three deliveries – and emphasised the importance of this weekend’s double fixture against the Stars.
“I don’t think you’re ever expecting [a hat-trick] as a bowler, but that’s the beauty of T20, it’s hit and miss and sometimes it can really go your way. Yesterday was just one of those days where it did.”
“I think I’ve just been pretty relaxed about my cricket and I’ve been fortunate to have a bit of form coming into the WBBL. It’s nice to be contributing and hopefully carry that into the back end of the tournament.
“We know the Stars have got a good side. Kristen Beams and Jess Cameron have been very good in the past and we know that Meg Lanning can produce match-winning performances on her own, so it’s going to be a tough battle. We know that need to win at least one game to make finals, so we’re certainly going to be up for the challenge. ”
Hurricanes fans can also take heart from a trio of solid innings from Erin Burns, Georgia Redmayne and Heather Knight, who posted 38, 22 and 34 respectively against the Thunder to dispel earlier concerns about the consistency of Hobart’s top-order batters.
The WBBL Hobart Hurricanes play their final regular season fixtures against the Melbourne Stars on Friday 20 January at 5:30pm (free entry!) and Saturday 21 January at 11:45am ahead of the BBL Hobart Hurricanes clash with the Perth Scorchers.