CON­SIS­TENCY THE KEY

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

The Heat have had a pretty good sea­son so far, se­cur­ing a spot in the WBBL04 fi­nals with Thurs­day’s win over the Mel­bourne Stars. What do you make of the sea­son?

AWe’ve played quite well, a lot more con­sis­tent than pre­vi­ous years, which is some­thing we wanted to do. To­wards the end of last month we dropped a cou­ple of games which, look­ing back on, we prob­a­bly shouldn’t have lost. To­mor­row’s game could de­ter­mine whether we fin­ish sec­ond or third on the lad­der, and whether we get a home semi-fi­nal or we’ll have to travel.

What about your op­po­si­tion for tonight, the first-placed Syd­ney Thun­der?

They’re quite a strong side. They have bat­ting depth and re­ally qual­ity bowlers. They’ve got Rachel Haynes, who’s been scor­ing a lot of runs not only in the do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion but for Aus­tralia as well. When you go through the team, they’ve also got the West In­dies T20 cap­tain (Stafanie Tay­lor), they’ve got the In­dian T20 cap­tain (Har­man­preet Kaur), they’ve got other re­ally strong in­ter­na­tion­als and their Syd­ney girls are re­ally strong too, with a lot of them on the cusp of mak­ing the Aus­tralian team. They’re a re­ally strong side with a ver­sa­tile bowl­ing and bat­ting at­tack and a tough side to beat. We nar­rowly lost to them at the start of the sea­son, but the na­ture of T20 is who­ever is on that day or who­ever rides their mo­men­tum for the long­est usu­ally wins. Even though we’re in the fi­nals, it’s still an im­por­tant game to fin­ish the sea­son.

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