Mignon du Preez batting

Mignon du Preez finished with 39 from 35, in the washed out Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers match in Launceston. (Photo: Hobart Hurricanes)

Rain has washed out the Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes match, abandoned after 16 overs with no result.

Rain has dampened the start of a massive day of WBBL cricket in Launceston, with the Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes match washed out after 16 overs.

It was a challenging start for the Hurricanes, who were sent in to bat with rain clouds hovering at Invermay Park. Ruth Johnston fell early for two runs, before Rachel Priest and Mignon du Preez started to find some rhythm with the bat and put runs on the board.

Just as things got going for Priest, she was caught by Tahlia McGrath off the bowling of Darcie Brown – who took two wickets during her three overs in the Powerplay.

After a quiet start to her tournament, Du Preez was back hitting the ball out the middle of the bat and finding the boundary with ease with her knock including two fours and three sixes.

The South African import said post-match that was happy to finally contribute to her team’s run total.

“Yeah, really good. I think relief is probably the right word, cause I feel like I’ve actually had a little bit of unluck in the first few games.

“I think I’ve been hitting the ball really well and I feel like I’m in good form, but I haven’t managed to get some runs on the board.

“So I reckon just to get that out of the way and just have a few under the belt would definitely give me a little bit of confidence going into the next couple of games.

Despite some light rain around, the play pressed on. Nicola Carey found the boundary once before she tried to be a little too tricky and ramp the ball over the keeper, instead, it popped up off her elbow after the bat for an easy catch to wicketkeeper Tegan McPharlin.

After 12 overs on the wet surface, a ball change was requested by Strikers captain McGrath and it was an incredibly well-timed call, as Amanda-Jade Wellington immediately struck for the wicket of teenager Richa Ghosh, LBW. 

Du Preez was ultimately caught by Jemma Barsby off the bowling of Sarah Coyte just before the innings was cut short by a rain delay. The Hurricanes finished 5/107, as the rain continued to fall.

The match was abandoned without the Strikers heading out to bat, a disappointing result for the team who were looking for a third win to continue their strong start to the season.

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Coming off an impressive performance against the Melbourne Stars on Tuesday, the Hurricanes were keen to push on for another win, but du Preez said the weather is just a part of the game you need to accept.

“It’s not the ideal circumstances, but obviously that’s one of the things with the weather – you can’t control and it just sometimes happens, it’s a part of the game,” she said.

“So I think for us, once we got out there, to try and make the most of it… we started off maybe a little slow Powerplay, but then I think we really caught up quite well in the end and had some runs on the board.

“I thought that if we would of played those last five overs that we would have gotten close to that 140-150 mark, which would have, I think, been a very competitive total on a slightly slower wicket – slow and sticky! 

“It is what it is, so hopefully we can come back stronger in the next one. 

The Hurricanes now have a short break before they have back-to-back games twice in six days.

“We’re really excited, I think the girls are gelling really well… had a great win, the great result against the Stars the other night, so we’ve got momentum on our side.”

They’ll face the Heat in the first of their four matches within a week on Tuesday, October 26 at 4:50 pm AEDT.

Meanwhile, the Strikers return to Invermay Park tomorrow morning against Brisbane Heat from 10:15 am, hopeful of sunnier skies and a full 20 over game to continue their impressive start to WBBL\07.

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