Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury coach Lisa Keightley says her side is determined to come away with a pair of wins from the side’s opening round of the Women’s National Cricket League in South Australia this week.
The Fury tomorrow take on the hosting Scorpions at Adelaide Oval No.2, before tackling the Tasmania Roar at the same venue on Saturday.
It will be crucial for Western Australia to get off to a strong start in the competition, with matches this season spread across three blocks that span six months – two prior to the Rebel WBBL tournament and one after.
The matches also offer opportunity for the Fury, which anchored the table last year after some close losses left them unable to add a win to their WNCL campaign, with the Roar finishing one place above and the Scorpions middle of the table.
WA travelled to SA for some pre-season matches and, while the games left the team with aspects to work on, Keightley said they also provided valuable insight to their upcoming opponents.
“We’ve got a nice balance in the bowling attack and the batting line-up, which will hold us in good stead,” Keightley said.
“It was good to get to face the South Australian bowling attack and also helped in knowing what their batting line-up will be.
“Everyone is very clear on what we want to execute and achieve and the players are looking forward to starting a new year.”
The Fury travelled with two valuable England imports in batter Amy Jones and pace bowler Kate Cross, with the pair adding to a host of local talent, but will face Scorpions and Roar outfits also boasting international players.
“South Australia will be looking to their Australian players with the ball, plus they’ve got (Ashleigh) Gardner and Sophie Devine,” Keightley said.
“Their opening combination has batted together for a number of years – Bridget Patterson and their captain Tegan McPharlin – and they’re always important for them early.
“They’ll be looking for Tahlia McGrath, Devine and Gardner to score the bulk of their runs, so we’ve worked really hard on making sure we’re clear on how we’re going to bowl to them.
“With Tasmania, Georgia Redmayne scored a hundred against us last year and she’s a key for them, which we have to look out for.
“Ireland international Isobel Joyce is also on their list and, alongside Laura Write and Corrinne Hall, those four will be keys.
“With the ball, their captain Brooke Hepburn was among the top wicket-takers last year and we’ll have to be watchful of her.”