Scorchers on mission to restore their reputations
As a new era of women’s cricket begins in Australia, Perth Scorchers are looking to return to the glory of previous years by reclaiming a spot in the Big Bash League finals.
After making the final in second and third incarnations of the WBBL, the Scorchers missed the finals last season.
The WA side is looking to return to its best in the next series, which will be played as a standalone competition from October to December, separate from the men’s league for the first time.
The Scorchers will split their seven home games between the WACA Ground and Lilac Hill, with Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers heading west.
Scorchers star Nicole Bolton said the WBBL was now at a point where it could to stand by itself.
“What better way to start the summer than having the WBBL at the forefront?” she said.
The 30-year-old said the Scorchers’ struggles in WBBL04 came from their inconsistency.
“Hopefully we are going to recruit well,” Bolton said.
“Our core group is pretty much the same, so we will be looking to start off the season really well.”
All-rounder Heather Graham, 22, said last season was a reality check for the Scorchers.
“All the other teams are stepping up their games now,” she said.
“This season is going to be a really big one for us.”
For many of the players, WBBL05 will also serve as the perfect lead-up to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup which will be held in Australia from February 21 to March 8.
Bolton, who played the last of her two international T20 games in 2016 but was part of the squad for the triumphant 2018 tournament, said the fixturing of the WBBL was ideal as it would be played in similar conditions with big crowds and star players.