Maisy Gibson and Samantha Bates have settled right into Tasmania’s cricketing setup with strong outings during the association’s Hurricane and Tigers preseason tour of the Northern Territory this week.
Gibson linked with Dora Creek star Corrine Hall in Tasmania’s Big Bash roster during the one-week 2019 TIO Women’s Strike League, which the Hurricanes claimed on run rate difference after a near-perfect campaign in Darwin.
The Singleton-born spin bowler shone in her first two games against the City Cyclones and Nothern Tide, downing two wickets in both fixtures. In Tasmania’s innings, Hall was the hero with a 50-run knock against Tide and a squad-high run count against City.
In the end, Gibson’s bowling was a key factor in the Hurricane’s Strike League crown, as she collected six wickets across the team’s four fixtures.
The former Thunder star carried her form into the two Tigers’ preseason WNCL matches against the Australian Capital Territory with a wicket apiece in the back-to-back fixtures. She recorded an economy of 4.625 in the two games.
Bates also took part in the Tigers’ preseason matches, after sitting out the Hurricanes’ Strike League triumph due to her two-year contract with Sydney Thunder for the upcoming WBBL seasons. She scored three wickets in 20 overs for the Tigers.
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Tasmanian Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes women’s coach Salliann Briggs told media in Darwin she was glad to “see where [the team] is at” with the preseason hit-outs.
“We’ve been training since the middle of May now, after this group of matches it gives us another month or so before the first round of WNCL to build confidence on what we get from next week but also work on other areas,” said Briggs.
“The competition is going to be really good and quite strong. I think the plan for it is to grow and evolve to have all states competing in it around the same time every year.”
The Hunter trio will begin their Women’s National Cricket League campaign with Tasmania against Western Australia on September 22 in Match 4 of the competition. The fixture will be hosted at the Southern District Cricket Club in Brisbane.
Gibson and Hall will begin their Big Bash journey for the 2019/20 season with a clash against the Melbourne Stars on October 19 at CitiPower Centre in St. Kilda, while Bates will link up with the Thunder to face the Sixers in the league’s opening fixture.