At only 21 years of age, Sydney Thunder youngster Hannah Darlington is bursting onto the scene as a WBBL star.

During last week’s game against the Melbourne Renegades, Darlington picked up Player of the Match Honours, taking 4/33.

England captain and Thunder star Heather Knight said it’s good to see her talented teammate play well and the bowling across the board improve from the game against the Hobart Hurricanes.

“Really nice for Hannah Darlington to pick up those four wickets. I think we executed well, in Tasmania we were a little bit wide with our lines so that was definitely a focus today,” she told The Inner Sanctum.


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“Making sure we’re bowling to where we want to be hit and lots of pace off into the wicket. I think everyone chipped in and bowled some good overs, so pretty happy as a bowling unit. They did a very good job on what was a decent wicket.”

After a relatively subdued start to her WBBL campaign, scoring just 33 runs in her first three games, England captain Heather Knight produced a glistening knock at the Junction Oval on Wednesday afternoon.

Knight smacked an unbeaten 52, coming off just 31 balls to help the Thunder towards a commanding victory.

“I felt pretty good, I got a not out and a sort of like late order hit (in previous innings), so I’m pretty happy actually. T20 you can’t get runs every time, but it’s really nice to contribute today, obviously the platform set was pretty good,” Knight said.

After winning just a solitary game throughout the WBBL08 season, the Thunder are on the rise, having already tripled last year’s win count from only four starts this season.

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