WNCL: Western Australia excited for long-awaited title defence to start against Heather Graham’s Tassie Tigers

Western Australia’s highly-anticipated 50-over title defence will get underway against Tasmania tomorrow, 367 days since they prevailed within the 2020 ultimate.

WA is the one group but to function this summer season, with all six groups having been in motion as early as final month.

Captain Chloe Piparo mentioned the fixture modifications and the strain of being the reigning champions doesn’t faze her aspect.

“I feel we’ve taken the cake for being the final group that will get underway. The entire ladies are actually excited to start taking part in and get into some video games lastly,” Piparo mentioned.

“There’s at all times going to be just a little little bit of strain having carried out nicely final 12 months however everybody modifications their squad round so we’re simply taking it because it comes and hoping we might be aggressive once more this 12 months with the squad we’ve put collectively.”

After crossing to Tasmania within the low season, Heather Graham will go well with up against her former State and present Scorchers teammates for the primary time.

Graham’s Tigers are at the moment unbeaten after two matches.

Heather Graham of the Tigers bats during the WNCL match between South Australia and Tasmania.
Digicam IconHeather Graham of the Tigers bats throughout the WNCL match between South Australia and Tasmania. Credit score: Jason McCawley/Getty Photos

“We’ve performed plenty of cricket with Heather and been round her loads so it’ll be completely different suiting up against her – I’m undecided if we’ll have amusing on the start of the sport however we positively will on the finish,” Piparo quipped.

“We’re actually trying ahead to it and we now have just a few little cheeky plans so hopefully we come out on prime.

“Heather’s a extremely shut good friend mine and I actually love her so it’s going to be bizarre tomorrow.

“Clearly I would like heather to do rather well, simply not within the two video games we play Tassie.”

Piparo (365 runs) and left-handed bat Nicole Bolton (436 runs) completed final 12 months’s competitors as the highest two run-scorers.

The 26-year-old mentioned the duo will look to repeat their method that proved unstoppable final marketing campaign.

“For me and Bolts it’s simply doing what we all know what works and what’s labored up to now,” she mentioned.

Chloe Piparo of Western Australia plays a shot during the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) match.
Digicam IconChloe Piparo of Western Australia performs a shot throughout the Girls’s Nationwide Cricket League (WNCL) match. Credit score: ROB PREZIOSO/AAPIMAGE

“For us it’s maintaining the sport fundamental, spending as a lot time as we are able to out within the center and get the others to bat round us.

“We’ve labored on just a few bits and items of our sport to try to take it to the subsequent stage however we all know our fundamental sport is certainly ok at this stage.

“So if we are able to attempt to replicate that once more this 12 months it’s going to put the group in a extremely sturdy place.”

Uncapped trio Zoe Britcliffe, Poppy Stockwell and Georgia Wyllie have been named in WA’s 14-player squad for tomorrow’s match.

WA SQUAD:

Chloe Piparo (C), Megan Banting, Nicole Bolton, Zoe Britcliffe, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Sheldyn Cooper, Ashley Day, Amy Edgar, Alana King, Emma King, Taneale Peschel, Poppy Stockwell, Georgia Wyllie

TASMANIA SQUAD:

Sasha Moloney (c), Rachel Priest (vc), Chloe Abel, Sam Bates, Maddison Brooks, Nicola Carey, Heather Graham, Corinne Corridor, Meg Phillips, Amy Smith, Emily Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Emma Thompson, Belinda Vakarewa

MATCH DETAILS:

WESTERN AUSTRALIA VS TASMANIA

7AM WST

Kingston Twin Ovals, Kingston, Tasmania