Maisy Gibson made an instant impact for the Hurricanes in her opening debut, claiming four wickets in Hobart’s double-header victories over the Melbourne Stars.
The Singleton spin queen picked up where she left off in the Women’s Big Bash League, as the ‘Canes chalked up a 2-0 start to their 2019/20 campaign with the two major wins at Junction Oval on Saturday and Sunday.
Gibson collected three wickets in the opening fixture of the season in just four overs, and held the Stars to 27 runs in their innings. In the end, Hobart kept Melbourne penned in to just a 144 haul, twenty short of Hurricane’s winning 164.
Spin twins Gibson and Heather Knight combined on the second day for a wicket apiece as Nicola Carey fired 60 off 46 in her batting stint to score a five-wicket victory over the Stars on the Sunday.
Fellow Hunter star Corrine Hall also had strong stints across the two days, and played a helping hand in the 2-0 start in the captaincy role. The Dora Creek product has stepped back into the leadership role for 2019/20, after abdicating last season.
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Hall revealed she was surprised Briggs – who had helmed the team in the campaign just gone – asked if she was interested in stepping back into the captain’s hat.
“It was a huge surprise when I was asked about the role when we were away in Queensland but I’ll do everything I can to get the best out of our team,” Hall said of regaining the Hobart captaincy.
“I look forward to working with all our new exciting players and those players who have been based in Hobart long-term. I’m proud to lead this group of players whom I have so much respect and admiration for as cricketers and people.
“I thought Sasha did an exceptional job last year and her all-round game continues to develop so I have no doubt she will play a big role in the team for years to come.”
The Hurricanes have now returned to Tasmania ahead of travelling to Brisbane on Thursday for matches with the Heat and the Strikers next weekend. Their first home matches come on November 1 and 2 in Burnie against the Sydney Thunder.