After playing a starring role with both bat and ball in Sunday's thrilling win over the Stars, Hayley Matthews is reflective on the tournament that's come and gone.
Matthews played a crucial role with both bat and ball in the victory, making 44 off as many balls at the top of the innings before taking 2-19 with the ball, while also maintaining her composure to bowl a clutch final over that secure the Hurricanes a thrilling victory.
Matthews’ knock of 44 was her highest score for the season, and backed up the dynamic 34 she made the day earlier.
Although the 19-year-old was pleased with how she finished the season, she is looking forward to taking the lessons learned from the campaign into her cricket down the line.
“The whole season I haven’t been struggling, but I have not been able to carry on from the 30-40 region which is something I really want to work on with my game.
“Previously it was more about working on consistency, and now that I am getting those consistent starts it is (time) to take that next step and continue from there,” she said.
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Matthews was the equal highest run-scorer for the Hurricanes with 297, and played several crucial innings at the top of the order.
Matthews was also handed responsibility for bowling crucial overs at the start and end of matches, and it was a role she handled with aplomb, finishing WBBL03 with seven wickets and an economy rate of under seven.
Her 2-19 from four overs on Sunday were also her best bowling figures for the campaign, with her composed final over getting the Hurricanes over the line.
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Although WBBL03 has been a challenging campaign for the Hurricanes, Matthews was pleased with how the group continued to bond and work hard, with a string of positive performances towards the back end of the season giving the side confidence.
“After every game we have tried to take the positives out of it and look at what we can do better and how we can improve. We try and go out there with an attacking mentality.
“It is really good that we get to play two games back to back because you get to scope out the team in the first game and move onto the second one and we executed better (in Sunday’s victory),” she said.
The Hurricanes have settled on the opening pair of Matthews and Stefanie Daffara for most of WBBL03, while Matthews’ partnership with Georgia Redmayne also proved crucial on Sunday.
“We got off to a pretty decent start in the power play. I was hoping I would carry on and it was unfortunate to get out before the 50, but it is still always good to get some runs on the board.
“We have spoken a lot about building partnerships. We have seen that teams that build partnerships in the middle orders have gone well,” Matthews said.
Matthews has loved her time in the WBBL and would love to don the purple again next season.
“The WBBL has played a really important role in my cricket. Coming down here, playing a good standard of cricket and playing on good wickets with 14 games in a season is so helpful.
“I love playing with this team every year. It is a really good group of girls. I really enjoy playing down here, and I also love all the different activities in Tassie,” she said.