Hobart Hurricanes paceman Tymal Mills insists his side is full of confidence ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with the Brisbane Heat after stringing together three consecutive victories.
Mills played a crucial role in Monday night’s tense victory over the Sydney Sixers, holding his nerve in a dramatic final over and he is confident that he, and the side, will be all the better for the experience as they continue to push for a spot in the top four.
Handed the ball for the final over of the match with 22 runs required, Mills knew the task of restricting a destructive Sam Billings in the final over was going to be a difficult task, but he was confident in his ability to execute.
“I wasn’t too worried, I bowled a good start to the over.
“I knew it was going to be tough with the short legside boundary. I know Sam well and he was striking it well. Unfortunately, he got me for the two sixes which made the last ball a little more tense than I would have liked,” Mills said.
With 18 runs required off three deliveries, Billings did all he could to guide the Sixers to an unlikely victory, striking two sixes.
With Billings in ominous touch and a restless home crowd, Mills had a clear plan for the final delivery, and was relieved to play a role in such a thrilling finish.
“I stayed pretty calm. If you panic and let the situation get the better of you, the more likely you will go the side of doing worse than better. I looked to stay calm and I just backed myself in to do what I’ve been doing my whole career.
“I wanted to get it as wide as I could and bowl an off cutter as opposed to a back hand slower ball for a slightly different pace – he missed it and things worked out ok.
“It was a good learner for me, and most importantly I am just glad to get a win,” he said.
The thrilling victory should act as a confidence boost for the Hurricanes ahead of Wednesday’s crucial clash with the Heat.
“Three wins in a row, especially (after) losing the first couple and bouncing back is really nice going into a big game.
“We have found a nice little formula for how we are going about things. The guys are batting well and scoring runs at different stages of the innings and guys being flexible.
“With the ball we still have a lot of potential to get better which is really exciting for us,” Mills said.
Mills’ confidence in his own bowling is only growing as he continues to get games under his belt for the Hurricanes.
“Last night was probably the best I’ve felt, unfortunately with that last over I went for a few runs, but in terms of my feeling and run up, I felt the best all tournament.
“I struggled with my rhythm having not played for five months leading into this tournament, so I definitely feel like I’m not far away (from his best form). Hopefully with the games to come in the second half of the tournament I can put in some match winning performances for the team.”
The Hurricanes, with a game in hand, sit one win and one place below the fourth-placed Heat, making this encounter at the Gabba a crucial one in determining ladder positions.
Despite this added pressure, Mills and the Hurricanes go into the match like they would any other.
The Hurricanes’ bowling contingent will breathe a sigh of relief with the announcement that the destructive Chris Lynn has been withdrawn from the Heat’s squad with a calf strain.
“Lynny can be very destructive, it’s nice as a bowler to put more pressure on their batsman, knowing that one of their best batsman is out.
“We will try and treat it like any other game. We know it is an important game, but you need to try and stay as calm as possible with specific plans,” Mills said.