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