Hur­ri­canes pair lock horns with old friends

Mercury (Hobart) - - CRICKET - ADAM SMITH

TWO of Ho­bart’s WBBL re­cruits have an ex­tra el­e­ment of mo­ti­va­tion this week­end when they square off against old team­mates for the first time.

The Hur­ri­canes bol­stered their ranks in the off-sea­son with the ad­di­tion of leg-spin­ner Maisy Gibson and seamer Belinda Vakarewa, both for­mer Syd­ney Thun­der prod­ucts.

The duo have played im­por­tant roles for the Canes through the first four games, and coach Sal­liann Briggs be­lieves they will be ea­ger to prove a point in the matches at Burnie’s West Park.

“We’re play­ing a team that we know a lot about, there’s a lot of girls that have come from Thun­der into this team,” Briggs said. “I think they’ll def­i­nitely want to stamp their au­thor­ity on it be­cause a lot of those girls as well, though they have played in around NSW and Thun­der, prob­a­bly feel they’ve not had key roles there.

“This is why they’re here, to be con­tribut­ing to this team, into mak­ing this team re­ally suc­cess­ful. They will want to prove them­selves, no doubt, they’ve got some good friends in that team as well but it will be eyes on the prize as al­ways.”

Af­ter open­ing WBBL05 with im­pres­sive vic­to­ries against the Mel­bourne Stars, Ho­bart crashed back to earth last week­end against Ade­laide and Bris­bane. And while the va­ri­ety in the bowl­ing at­tack con­tin­ues to shine, the bat­ting group needs to de­liver.

“We’ve had a good meet­ing to work out what our plans should be lead­ing into Burnie this week­end,” Briggs said.

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