Fer­ling re­turns to pitch ready to fire

South Burnett Times - - SPORT -

CRICKET: Kin­garoy’s Holly Fer­ling is back on the oval with her Queens­land Fire team mates in the WNCL after be­ing side­lined in the 2016/17 sea­son due to in­jury.

“I haven’t played along­side those girls since Box­ing Day last year,” Fer­ling said. “So, to play com­pet­i­tive cricket again was quite good.”

The Fire started their WNCL cam­paign on Oc­to­ber 6 in Syd­ney where they were de­feated by the NSW Break­ers.

Two days later they were beaten by the ACT Me­te­ors.

“It was a lit­tle bit frus­trat­ing, in a com­pe­ti­tion that is only six games strong, to lose our first two games it will make it tough to make the fi­nals,” Fer­ling said.

“We have to go in and win and win well in the next games.

“With two big breaks in the com­pe­ti­tion there is plenty time for the teams to go in and out of form.”

The WNL recom­mences on Novem­ber 25 when they will meet the South Aus­tralian Scor­pi­ons.

In the mean­time the Fire will play the Aus­tralian ashes team dur­ing their Ashes Tour Matches on Oc­to­ber 16-18 in Bris­bane, be­fore the na­tional teams first one day against Eng­land on Oc­to­ber 22 in Bris­bane. Fer­ling said the Queens­land girls were look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of test­ing them­selves against the world class Aus­tralian play­ers.

“I think it will be a good thing for our squad,” she said.

“It is a good op­por­tu­nity for our young ones and our bowlers to stand up after our per­for­mance in the last games and to stick it to the world’s best and see where we are for the rest of the sea­son.

“We are hop­ing to put a good per­for­mance for­ward - not just for us as a team but to give the Aus­tralian girls a good game to test their form.”

Fer­ling had el­bow surgery after Queens­land lost the WNCL Fi­nal to NSW last sea­son, rul­ing her out of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League and Aus­tralia’s 2017 World Cup cam­paign.

The fast-medium bowler said she was still re­turn­ing to top form and while no ath­lete likes be­ing in­jured Fer­ling ad­mits it may be ben­e­fi­cial to her ca­reer in the long term.

“I’m still find­ing a bit of form com­ing off the in­jury that forced me out of last year and mak­ing a few tech­ni­cal changes,” she said.

“It has been frus­trat­ing be­ing in­jured but I’m lucky that my in­juries have been in the off-sea­son.

“I was push­ing for World Cup se­lec­tion, when I found out I wasn’t se­lected in some ways it gave me forced rest and in the end it is go­ing be a bless­ing in dis­guise.”

Fer­ling’s WBBL team, Bris­bane Heat will start their sea­son against North Syd­ney on De­cem­ber 10.

PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER

BACK IN AC­TION: Holly Fer­ling bowls for Queens­land, Queens­land Fire v West­ern Aus­tralia.

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