VIDEO: The CRICKETher Weekly Vodcast – Episode 37 Posted by Syd Egan 6 This week, on the CRICKETher Vodcast: WBBL semis and final How the Thunder won it What went wrong for the Stars? Venue changes for the Women’s Hundred Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related
Pretty unsatisfying end to wbbl06 though the whole group stages was brilliant to watch. I was rooting for the Scorchers throughout but really enjoyed the Stars winning run, the skilful domination and from ball-one attacking play. Not that any team ‘deserves’ victory, you have to earn it, but you definitely felt taking home the trophy would be a fitting crowning achievement for the consistency and might they showed, even in the matches they lost. I think their horrible response to losing was some kind of mixture of shock and embarrassment. Had they lost after a hard fought, exciting close game, I imagine they might’ve reacted better but who knows.
Not that it was just down to this but still very surprised at the decision to bat first. I missed the bat flip so just assumed Lanning had lost the toss when I tuned in to see Thunder going on to the field. Sheer hubris behind that decision surely! they might have collapsed anyway but even if Thunder scored say 200 first, Stars’d surely back themselves over any team to chase that down! Just didn’t make sense to me!. Thunder bowlers, esp Ismail played a blinder no doubt. I could feel the freeze setting into the Stars after the first two overs when they barely scored if at all. You just knew a wicket was right round the corner. I must say when Dupreez got out, not so much Lanning, I felt the Thunder would probably take it.
I agree It does seem a shame that once you get to knockout stages that’s it. Maybe some sort of finals-series format would be better but you wouldn’t want the tournament to drag on too much I guess.
It was a brilliant WBBL season, marred only slightly at the end by a somewhat inauspicious final. After Thunder’s superb fightback with the ball in their remarkable win over Heat in the semi, it was puzzling why Stars would let them just continue where they left off like that. And Thunder sure did. Stars hadn’t suffered the loss of so many early wickets often in the group stage, and so they weren’t maybe as battle-hardened as they could have been, and the middle/lower order didn’t manage to fully overcome that disastrous start. Brunt gave it a good go, and Stars tried hard with the ball but had nowhere near enough runs. The England players did well and produced some exciting performances throughout the season, which I enjoyed. So many good youngsters around all the sides too.
Great video guys, and thanks for the shout-out!
What I should’ve added to my comment about playing your natural game is that Thunder we’re fortunate to have 2 experienced quality players out there who’s ‘natural game’ was totally right for the situation….
I do have a question for you, during the final Trevor Griffin (who came across as a naturally amusing, fun person) was asked to compare WBBL to the (defunct) KSL and said the former was a notably higher standard due, largely, to the domestic player-level professionalism.
Do you guys agree with this? Do you think the Hundred will in any way close the gap?
The final did confirm to me something I’ve long thought, that Meg Lanning is a very good front-running captain but struggles mightily when a situation turns badly against her team
Great video guys, and thanks for the shoutout! In terms of ‘natural game’, Thunder we’re lucky to have experienced champs whose ‘natural games’ suited the situation perfectly
In the final Trevor Griffin was asked to compare WBBL to the defunct KSL and said the former was of a notably higher standard due, largely, to the professionalism at domestic player level.
Do you agree with this? Will the Hundred make any difference?
“Will the Hundred make any difference?”
Something to discuss next week I think!