The undefeated Strikers take on Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday at Invermay Park, before facing off against Brisbane Heat just 24 hours later at the same venue.
The back-to-back fixtures will bring the Strikers time in Tasmania to an end for Weber WBBL|07, with a Sunday evening flight scheduled to bring the squad home in preparation for a huge weekend of cricket in Perth in a week’s time.
With a two from two record in the books in the form of triumphs over Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Renegades, the Strikers are seeking a perfect opening to their campaign, with the Hurricanes, one win from three starts, and Heat, one from two, standing in their way.
Hobart currently have both the highest run-scorer and highest wicket taker in their side in the form of dominant opening batter Rachel Priest and the prolific Molly Strano.
First-season skipper Tahlia McGrath is close behind with the bat, already compiling 92 runs in WBBL|07, including an unbeaten half-century against the Renegades amidst a second player of the match performance on the bounce. With the ball, Sarah Coyte equalled Strano’s efforts, with a three-wicket haul bringing her tally up to five from the opening fixtures.
Strikers Head Coach Luke Williams can’t wait to get back out on the park tomorrow.
‘We have had a great start to our tournament down here in Tassie, but we need to work hard this weekend to strengthen that. Every team in this competition is loaded with talent, and we will need to be at our best to get the job done in Launceston.’
First ball of the Strikers clash with the Hurricanes tomorrow is scheduled for 10.15am local time, 9.45am Adelaide time, with the game able to be followed live via cricket.com.au, Foxtel, Kayo and ABC Sport.
Fans can also secure tickets for Strikers home games now, with tickets on sale to both Member’s and the public as of yesterday.
Strikers Squad v Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat
Dane van Niekerk