Keightley Points To Fury Positives
28 November 2016  


The Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury wrapped up their Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) campaign last week in Adelaide, with a double header against South Australia and Tasmania.

It was not the campaign the Fury had hoped for, unfortunately not managing to win any of their six games. 

Head Coach Lisa Keightley said despite the winless season, there were plenty of promising signs. 

"I thought we would win a few games this season, we were competitive in a handful of matches but unfortunately we were not able to get a result,” Keightley said. 

"Having said that, we had plenty of good individual performances and improvement throughout the WNCL, we just could not put it together collectively. 

"I am quite realistic of where this young group is at and it’s going to take time to get that consistency as well as being ready mentally to grind out a result during close games. 

"We will take the good bits out from this season and continue to work hard on improving the areas we need to and hit the ground running for next season.” 

Twenty-year-olds Heather Graham and Piepa Cleary showed their potential throughout the WNCL with consistent good performances.

Graham’s knock of 73 in game four against Queensland was the stand out, while Cleary’s four-wicket haul highlighted a great performance against South Australia. 

"There’s no doubt Heather has moved forward with her game and was probably our most consistent player across the WNCL, despite a disappointing final weekend," Keightley said. 

"Piepa Cleary has blossomed into a very promising opening bowler and is an exciting prospect for WA cricket in the years to come.” 

Chloe Piparo, 22, was another to catch the eye of Keightley, with the talented batswoman capping a solid campaign by captaining the side during the final weekend double header South Australia and Tasmania.

 

Piparo coupled her impressive leadership performance with knocks of 41 and then her maiden century for Western Australia.

With just six games of WNCL cricket leading into the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), Keightley also outlined her desire for an extended 50-over competition starting next season. 

"I think it would be a fantastic competition if we played a round of games before the WBBL, and then another round of games at the conclusion of WBBL,” she said. 

"It would give players the opportunity to develop their longer format, playing more games provides more opportunity to keep improving which will only benefit women’s cricket going forward.” 

The Western Fury now enter Perth Scorchers mode, with an opening weekend double header against the Hobart Hurricanes at North Sydney Oval on 10 and 11 December.