Singleton’s Maisy Gibson has one final challenge standing between her and a Women’s Big Bash League grand final in 2019 – the Brisbane Heat.
Sydney Thunder’s wily spin bowler is enjoying a strong fourth season in the national Twenty-20 competition, having already played in 11 of the club’s 14 outings.
For Gibson, and the entire Thunder outfit, the semi-final loss at the hands of Perth in WBBL03 may be playing on the back of their minds, but the Singleton spinner says she won’t let herself dwell on the disappointment for long.
“I don’t think we’re really dwelling on what happened last season and just looking forward to building on what has started for us now and continuing that,” Gibson said earlier in the season.
“We are all looking forward to giving it another crack and trying to win the trophy again and bring it back from WBBL01.”
Thunder enter the top four playoffs off the back of a strong run in the tournament’s fourth iteration, with 9 wins, 4 losses and a single non-result putting them in second place in the standings behind locals rivals the Sydney Sixers (10-3).
Gibson enjoyed a bright run of form in the opening fixtures of the season, grabbing seven wickets in her opening four appearances, including hat-tricks against Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat.
Singleton’s star went on to bag four more wickets across her final seven matches, and recorded a 7.14 economy across 10 total innings. Out in the field Gibson also claimed five catches, including a one-handed stunner at short fine leg as Thunder rolled the Hobart Hurricanes on December 21.
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Thunder will face off against Brisbane in the first semi-final of the weekend’s double header on January 19. The match will begin from 10.40am AEDT.
Tickets for the matches are already on sale, available at $10 for adults, $5 for concession and free admittance for children. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards Dolly’s Dream, a charity supporting the fight against bullying.