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Knight ready to rumble against Stars

19 January 2017

WBBL Captain Heather Knight speaks with media ahead of this weekend's must-win clash.

WBBL Hobart Hurricanes skipper Heather Knight will take plenty of confidence into tomorrow night’s clash with the Melbourne Stars after her side posted a big win over the Sydney Thunder earlier this week.

Speaking with media on Thursday afternoon, Knight stated the group was in an ideal mindset heading into their final round of regular season games.

“I wish we played the Thunder every week – we seem to bring our A-game against them and we’ve got our two best scores and performances against those guys.

“I think things are really coming together now; the girls are in a really good place and we managed to put a great performance in the other day.

“We nailed our plans against the Thunder and bowled exactly how we’d talked about during preparations.

“Some of our bowlers have been outstanding this year but a bit unlucky, so to see that part of our performance come off was very pleasing.

“Then Erin and Georgia got us off to a very good start and sometimes those small totals are the most nervy ones, so for them to get away at the start like they did was great for the chase.

“We had a little bit of a wobble in the middle but the main thing was that we got over the line reasonably easily in the end.”

The English international was quietly confident of her side’s chances against the star-studded Melbourne outfit but urged the importance of consistency and internal focus heading into the back end of the season.

“I think it’s just about stringing those performances together and getting everyone performing on song on the same day.

“That’s probably been missing a little bit this year but obviously we did that the other day, so if we can do that in those pressure games we can hopefully make semis and perform in those too.

“We’ve worked best when we’ve focused upon ourselves this season – when we’ve worried about the other team it hasn’t put us in good stead, so for us it’s about concentrating on what we do.”

With Australian captain Meg Lanning expected to return for the visitors, the Hurricanes will have to be at their best to take down a Stars outfit still smarting from a 33-run loss to the Scorchers on Monday.

“They’re a very good side and obviously players like Meg Lanning and fellow English player Natalie Sciver are going to be important, so it would nice to get the win over those guys.

“I’ve played against Meg quite a lot - she’s one of the best batters in the world and for the last year she’s probably been the outstanding batter in international cricket.

“She’s obviously a danger and someone you always want to get out early, because she is someone who can win games on her own.

“Having said that, they’ve got plenty of players we’ll be wary of like Emma Inglis plus a pretty decent bowling attack with a few good leg-spinners.

“We’ll have all our plans in place and hopefully we can secure that semi-final spot.”

The Hurricanes will relish the opportunity to take to the field at Blundstone Arena again, with the skipper professing her love for the iconic Bellerive ground and its loyal supporters.

“Of course, we love playing at this place and we seem to do quite well in evening games, so hopefully that will put us in good stead.

“We had some good support in the other day, so hopefully a few more will come out tomorrow to cheer us on and possibly see us make semis tomorrow.”

The WBBL Hobart Hurricanes play the Melbourne Stars at Blundstone Arena on Friday 20 January hitting off at 5:30pm (Free Entry) and Saturday 21 January at 11:45am as part of our final home match double-header for WBBL02 / BBL06. Patrons will need a ticket to the BBL match to watch the WBBL match on Saturday. 


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