Canes pair has point to prove against Thun­der

Mercury (Hobart) - - CRICKET - ADAM SMITH

HUR­RI­CANES re­cruit Belinda Vakarewa knows this week­end’s op­po­si­tion in­side out and has done her best to share all her in­side knowl­edge to help the side get its WBBL cam­paign back on track.

Vakarewa, who along­side Maisy Gib­son joined Ho­bart this sum­mer fol­low­ing four sea­sons with the Syd­ney Thun­der, will clash with her for­mer team­mates for the first time at West Park this af­ter­noon and to­mor­row. The duo moved south for greater op­por­tu­ni­ties and both will be ea­ger to show the Thun­der how they are thriv­ing with more re­spon­si­bil­ity in Burnie.

“We have played a lot of cricket with them, I don’t know if it will be any dif­fer­ent play­ing against them but we have been try­ing to share as much as we can with the group,” Vakarewa said. “There is al­ways nerves in any game but it is a bit of ex­cite­ment as well, we know the girls re­ally well, I played a long time with them.

“They [the Hur­ri­canes] have put a lot of trust in us to do the job with the ball and I feel Maisy has been bowl­ing re­ally well.

“We have def­i­nitely been bowl­ing more in this team and have a lot more op­por­tu­nity, it has been good so far.”

The Hur­ri­canes made one change from the squad which lost to Ade­laide and Bris­bane last week­end, re­plac­ing strug­gling opener Ste­fanie Daf­fara with Brooke Hep­burn.

De­spite the de­flat­ing re­sults from last week­end after go­ing 2-0 against the Mel­bourne Stars, Vakarewa is back­ing the Hur­ri­canes to re­spond on the north­west coast.

“We ob­vi­ously didn’t get the re­sults we wanted last week­end, but ev­ery­one has been work­ing re­ally hard in the lead-up to this week­end.

“We have got enough ex­pe­ri­ence in and around the group and ob­vi­ously some re­ally good play­ers to know to move for­ward.”

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