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WBBL Canes hitting form ahead of home game stretch

06 January 2017

Coach Julia Price and all-rounder Erin Burns speak after 44-run victory over Thunder at University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston

Hobart Hurricanes WBBL Coach Julia Price has praised her team’s clinical performance against the Sydney Thunder at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston last night, stating the 44-run victory could spark a winning streak of home games heading into the business end of WBBL|02.

“We probably didn’t think we were going to be quite that convincing but we got off to a great start last night and we’ve been focusing on having better intent in those first six overs, so that fast start really helped with setting the pace for the evening," Price said.

The Thunder probably didn’t play as well as they could have, but our girls did a really good job with both bat and ball and it was good to get the win.

"We'll take a lot of confidence into our next few home games and are looking forward to a big local crowd at Blundstone Arena." 

Whilst Price was full of praise for standout performers Erin Burns and Heather Knight, who posted 46 and 47 respectively, the head coach attributed Thursday’s big win to the squad’s enviable depth and variety across the park.

“Our depth is definitely our strength, particularly in that top 5 area. Everyone can bat anywhere in those positions which makes it easier for us to balance the team up.  I think Heather Knight’s started to really hit them well now and Hayley, Amy and Georgia played really good roles last night as well. Erin Burns absolutely smashed it last night so we’re really happy with her and almost everyone in our team can bowl which gives Heather plenty of options.

Launceston remains a happy hunting ground for the WBBL Hurricanes with last night’s victory taking the Cane’s unbeaten streak at University of Tasmania Stadium to five games, a streak that Price would love to extend if the opportunity arises.

“Absolutely, we get a great crowd playing at Launceston – I think we had around 1500-2000 last night – so we think it’s outstanding and we love playing there.”

Star all-rounder Erin Burns was buoyant after the big win and stated that whilst her opening the batting worked well against the Thunder, she’s just happy to be playing with an upbeat Hurricanes outfit and said it was good to get an opportunity up the top of the order.

"I think we’ve probably been struggling to get off to a flyer in the first six overs, so Pricey just said play your natural game and I went out with an attacking mindset and it seemed to come off pretty well. Then Trev [Heather Knight] came in and started whacking them, so that was obviously pretty encouraging and we managed to continue that throughout the innings.

“I’m honestly happy to bat wherever. It seemed to work in that last game, but I’m happy to bat anywhere in that top 5 for the team.”

Burns also highlighted a growing team spirit and confidence heading into the latter half of the WBBL, emphasising the importance of five upcoming home fixtures at Blundstone Arena as crucial to the team’s finals aspirations.

“I think that after putting in a great display yesterday that helps with getting a bit of a roll on. Now that we have so many remaining home games at Blundstone with a big Tassie crowd, we’ll take a lot of confidence that we can continue this form. We’re really clicking together as a team which is awesome and getting that big win up in Launceston was great for us.”

Now sitting at third on the WBBL Ladder, the Canes will play five of their six remaining games at Blundstone Arena starting with Sunday’s double-header alongside the BBL Hurricanes. The WBBL team hitting off at 1.45pm against the Brisbane Heat before the BBL Hurricanes take on reigning champions Sydney Thunder at 7.10pm.