Hurricanes vice-captain Hayley Matthews admits that yesterday’s loss to the Sixers was disappointing, is confident the side has what it takes to bounce back after the Christmas break
A disciplined Sixers bowling effort stifled the Hurricanes’ attempts at building partnerships in the nine-wicket loss, with a total of 98 not giving the Hurricanes bowling contingent much to work with at the SCG.
Matthews, who was shuffled up the order to open the innings yesterday, insists morale is high and that there are several positives the Hurricanes will take out of the match into the remainder of the campaign.
“It is a bit disappointing the start we have gotten off to, but we are still in really high spirits in the camp and Julia (Price) just keeps trying to motivate us as much as possible and keep looking at the positives that we can take out of every game as opposed to the negatives.
“Our main problem has probably been us not executing, I think if we can tick that box and go out there and execute our plans well, then that is when we will really start to perform,” Matthews said.
Key positives from the outing included signs of fluency that were displayed by several members of the Hurricanes top order, with Veda Krishnamurthy (16 from 17 balls), Georgia Redmayne (15 from 20) and captain Corinne Hall (14 from 16) all showing signs before being dismissed.
Similarily the Hurricanes bowling attack performed admirably in defence of a small total, forcing the Sixers to grind out the winning 99 runs in 14 overs.
Matthews, who was run out for five yesterday after a mix-up with Krishnamurthy, was disappointed her stay in the middle was short-lived, but insisted the side is continuing to gel and will continue to strengthen as the tournament continues.
“It’s cricket, those kinds of things happen, it was just a bit of miscommunication. We just need to work on our communication so it doesn’t happen again,” she said.
The team now has a few days off for Christmas before launching into full preparation for two clashes with the Sydney Thunder at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston on December 30 and December 31.
“I will be spending Christmas with some people I know down here. It will be good to have a bit of a break, recuperate and come back better after the Christmas break.
“I think the break has come at the perfect time so we can go home, get back in a really healthy frame of mind and be ready to come back again for the new set of games,” Matthews said.