When the going gets tough, the tough gets going and there’s no one who knows this more now than Hurricanes pace bowler, Riley Meredith.
The young gun missed a week of matches for the Hurricanes when he fell ill, only to return to a squad without fellow pace-man, James Faulkner.
As a result, his role changed within the squad significantly and he was faced with the challenge of adjusting.
This proved difficult when he conceded 17 runs off just one ball.
But head coach of the Hurricanes, Adam Griffith, has put it all down to another experience for the young player.
“He’ll learn a lot about his preparation from being sick, he’ll learn about how to come back from bowling that no ball and how to forget about it and just move onto the next one.”
He discussed how the most important thing about it all is to just hang in there and for him to not drop his head and say I can’t bowl anymore.
“To come back and take that important wicket and almost take a wicket before that with a dropped catch is huge.”
Rising from the ashes of his past two matches has been no easy feat for the pace bowler, but the support of his coach will certainly make it easier.
“Riley’s a super talented cricketer who’s got a massive future and we’re excited about what he’s going to bring forward for us.”
Hurricanes veteran George Bailey spoke of the criticisms that bowlers tend to face.
“Bowlers seem to cop it in this game, it’s an easy game when we’re all just sitting there watching them bowl the ball.”
“He’s young and I think there were some members of the media who were getting excited about Riley, which is great and there’s a huge amount of talent there, but he’s still learning.”
Meredith had the opportunity to play a few extra overs when he remained in Canberra to play in the Future’s League.
Throughout the tournament Riley’s commitment to his work has been shown through his desire to learn and his ability to embrace bowling at different times of the game when he hasn’t previously had the opportunity to do so.
“If Tymal Mills had stayed fit, there’s every chance that Riley might not have played a game.”
“He’s now played every game for us and I think if you look at his tournament overall, he’s done a fantastic job.”
With the prospect of being a game-changer in the semi-final for the Hurricanes, it will be crucial for Meredith to ride the wave as a bowler.
Faulkner talked about just how hard it can be for a bowler in those high-pressure situations
“I’ve been for a lot more runs than he has in the last few games in my career.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he fronts up on Thursday and takes 3/20 and is a match winner.”
Faulkner stands in solidarity with his team about Meredith and spoke with confidence that the Hurricanes are good as a group, and we’re great as a bowling line up.
BBL|08 FINALS SCHEDULE
7:30pm THIS Thursday Night 14 February
First Semi-Final, Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars - Blundstone Arena, Hobart.
7:30pm THIS Friday Night 15 February
Second Semi-Final, Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers - Marvel Stadium, Melbourne.
2:45pm THIS Sunday Afternoon 17 February
Grand Final, Hurricanes OR Stars vs Renegades OR Sixers - Venue TBC.