The Hobart Hurricanes’ time at home in Tasmania has come to an end with a disappointing 37-run loss to the Sydney Thunder.
It was the Hurricanes’ sixth loss and, halfway through the tournament, they take just two wins to the mainland to continue the season.
Post-match, Nicola Carey said the “pretty disappointing” performance today was not an ideal way to end the stint in Tasmania.
“It’s obviously not ideal (to leave Tasmania with just two wins), we haven’t won too many games,” Carey said.
“We’re not that far off as a group, I guess we just have to tidy up a few things here and there, but to only have a couple of wins out of half a tournament, not ideal.
“But I suppose, we go to Perth, hopefully, it’s a bit warmer and then try and get some more wins.”
It was a tough turnaround for the Hurricanes this morning, as the match started just 12 hours after their loss to the Brisbane Heat.
They started well with the ball, a Tayla Vlaeminck beauty bowled Tahlia Wilson for three and it looked like the Hurricanes were on early.
Smriti Mandhana and Phoebe Litchfield then settled in for the Thunder and it wasn’t until eight overs later another wicket was taken. Mignon du Preez set herself to take a comfortable catch, dismissing Litchfield (31 from 25).
Carey took two wickets, including the scalp of Smriti after her half-century, but some boundaries off her final over left her disappointed with her efforts.
“I wasn’t actually that happy with how I bowled, to be honest.
“Just a few too many loose deliveries, so let them get a few too many in there.
“So, a bit disappointing.”
The Sydney Thunder finished 6/146 after 20, a target that proved too large for the Hurricanes to chase down in Launceston.
“It (the bowling effort) was pretty disappointing, to be honest.
“Think we sort of let them get a few too many runs at the end there and probably wasn’t our best effort in the field.
“It was a pretty disappointing run chase in the end, we didn’t really get that close, so all in all, very disappointing.”
Carey chipped in with 29 runs herself, however, regular wickets really cost Hobart. South African du Preez was the only other player to have an impact.
In the unsuccessful chase, du Preez cleared the fence once and scored two boundaries on her way to 41 runs. At the conclusion of the match, she was the current leading run-scorer for WBBL|07.
“She’s been hitting the ball beautifully in the last few games, she’s been our best batter by far,” Carey said.
“So yeah, I’d love to be able to take a leaf out of her book and hit ‘em like she does, it’s not really coming off for me at the minute.
“But she’s been amazing for us and yeah she was due, and so hopefully she carries that on to the next leg.”
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That next leg sees the Hurricanes travel to Perth for a week before they then fly up to Mackay to continue their season.
As the only team to get this extended period at home, they’ll be frustrated they couldn’t capitalise. However, away trips always give teams a chance to bond, and hopefully, in coming together, the Hurricanes will find more wins.
“It’s always fun getting away and sort of, I guess your away from home so you’re together a lot of the time.
“So yeah, we’re a close-knit group, everyone gets along so it’s sort of nice to see everyone I suppose.”
The change in location will also bring more sunshine and warmer conditions, something Carey is keen for.
“I’m looking forward to some warmer weather, that’s for sure!
“It’ll be a nice change going to Perth and then Mackay, should probably be even that little bit warmer, so yeah different place so hopefully different results.”
The Hobart Hurricanes now fly to Perth to face the Sydney Sixers at the WACA on Wednesday, play is set to start at 1:25 pm AEDT.
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