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'Be brave' says skipper

22 October 2019

Strikers WBBL captain Suzie Bates

Strikers captain Suzie Bates wants her side to “be brave” and take the game on in what is already proving to be a highly competitive rebel WBBL|05 season.

Adelaide powered to a convincing six-wicket win over the Melbourne Renegades in the side’s season-opener on Saturday at Karen Rolton Oval.

But the Strikers then stumbled in the return match the following afternoon, conceding a five-wicket loss to last season’s semi-finalists.

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Bates singled out much-improved batter Bridget Patterson, who struck an impressive 38 on Sunday from just 28 balls, as an example of the intent she wanted from her squad this season.

“She was brilliant,” Bates said of Patterson post-match on Sunday.

“She really played her shots from ball one and that’s what we’re asking of this group, to be brave when the field is set and to really pick your options and do it early whether you’re in first ball or for 10 balls.

“She’s been outstanding both these games.”

Five of the eight teams have a 1-1 record after opening weekend, illustrating just how tight the inaugural standalone WBBL season could be.

Hobart is the only team with two wins on the board at the top of the standings, while the Perth Scorchers are yet to play a match and will begin their season on Wednesday.

While disappointed to miss out on back-to-back wins against the Renegades, Bates said the first weekend showed the potential of the group.

“I think at the start of the weekend we probably would’ve taken that,” she said of the Strikers’ 1-1 start.

“They’re a very good side on paper. I thought we were outstanding (on Saturday) and we weren’t quite good enough in certain areas (on Sunday).

“But to take it to the end shows we’re playing some good cricket, but if you don’t play your best game in this competition anyone can beat you.

“We know it’s going to be that way the whole way through.”

The Strikers head to Allan Border Field in Queensland to confront the Hurricanes and Scorchers this weekend in their next round of matches. Both games will be televised on 7Mate, Fox Cricket and Kayo with coverage starting from 10am (ACDT).

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