Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper-batter Georgia Redmayne insists her side is ready to fight and finish WBBL03 on a high, starting with two matches against the Melbourne Renegades this Sunday and Monday.
With six matches remaining in the regular WBBL03 season, Redmayne says the Hurricanes are eager to build upon signs of promise, and learn from mistakes earlier in the campaign in order to register some wins before season’s end, and to maintain a perfect record against the Renegades.
“We are really excited. Each game is a new opportunity, and it is really exciting that we have six more games to prove what we can do out there and to put some wins on the board,” Redmayne said.
Fight and determination have been key messages within the group in recent times, particularly in the build up to taking on the Renegades, who the Hurricanes have never lost to.
“We have a pretty good record against the Renegades in the past so we will look to build on that.
“Last year in particular we had two really close games which we managed to get over the line (against the Renegades). Getting over the top in close games does put you in good stead, and our sense of fight has been one of our strengths in the last two seasons- it is something we are really looking to focus on,” she said.
Although sitting with an unflattering record after eight games, the Hurricanes have shown signs of promise throughout the tournament with tidy efforts in the field, impressive bowling displays and starts at the top of the order.
Redmayne is upbeat heading into these matches against the Renegades, but conceded that consistency of effort is crucial if the side want to get on the right side of results.
“We have played really good cricket in patches- we are just looking to make that more consistent and show fight to the very end.
“You see cricket games ebb and flow and you are always going to play well in patches and bad in others, but it is about maximizing the time when you are playing well, and being able to bounce back when you’re not on top.
“We don’t have a fear of losing anymore. There is only one way up and we will take each game as a new opportunity,” Redmayne said.
These clashes with the Renegades will be the Hurricanes’ last matches with Indian star Veda Krishnamurthy, who looked to find her rhythm against the Heat last week, hitting 33 off 20 balls and taking a spectacular catch in the deep.
Redmayne concedes Krishnamurthy’s departure will be a loss, but insists the addition of former Irish captain Isobel Joyce will be a seamless transition, particularly with Joyce coming into the side a week earlier due to Lauren Winfield being withdrawn from the squad with concussion.
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“Isobel has been around the group before with the Tasmanian Roar and Hurricanes and she will fit in really easily. She brings a lot of experience and has a great cricket mind.
“That transition will be really good. Veda has hit her form recently so hopefully we can get two great games out of her this weekend so we can send her away with a couple of wins,” Redmayne said.
Redmayne is eager to play well in the Hurricanes’ final two home matches at Blundstone Arena ahead of trips to Perth and Melbourne in the coming weeks, particularly when coming up against former teammate and current Renegades captain Amy Satterthwaite.
“Blundstone Arena is my favourite ground in Australia to play on and we want to do well in these last two games.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity- two games against the Renegades to finish the home season on a high and take a bit of confidence going into the four away games we have left,” she said.
“Amy is a great person on and off the filed – we all have a lot of respect for her but she is on the other side now so hopefully we can keep the Hurricanes’ tradition of beating the Renegades going,” she said.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades – 10.00am, Sunday January 14, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades – 2.50pm, Monday January 15, Blundstone Arena