Getting that century was pretty special: Hurricanes skipper Rachel Priest
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Rachel Priest is relishing in her new role as the skipper of Hobart Hurricanes in the ongoing Women's Big Bash League as the wicketkeeper-batter celebrated the first week of the season with a magnificent century against Melbourne Stars.
Speaking ahead of their first match in Launceston, Priest said she was not happy with her outing in the first couple of matches, adding, "but to get 100 is pretty special. Nice to contribute those runs at the top of the order."
"I think you do kind of get in a zone, and, I think, that only happens every now and then - that kind of zone, for sure. I, sort of, felt like I could pretty much hit the ball anywhere that day which was really nice."
After losing the first two matches, the Hurricanes skipper had a jubilant celebration after reaching the three-figure milestone against Stars in their third game. She became the first player to score a hundred in the league for the team. She said that it was more relief than anything.
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"I have been playing in the WBBL for a long time now and hadn't managed to get to three figures yet, so... Obviously, it was very special to do it at our home ground as well. So, it was definitely a bit of relief and maybe a bit of surprise as well."
Molly Strano, who is amongst the leading wicket-takers for this season with five scalps in three matches, said that she is enjoying her time with the Hurricanes after moving from Melbourne Renegades ahead of WBBL07.
"I feel like the ball is coming out pretty nicely at the moment. It's nice to get back into the Big Bash. It's been a long winter. Especially in new colours as well, which has added a bit of excitement for me this year. And that's why I am really enjoying my time in the purple."
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The all-time leading wicket-taker in the tournament added that spending the winter in Tasmania with the Tassie Tigers helped the transition to the Hurricanes in WBBL. "It's been really nice to link up with Dan Marsh and Salliann Beams, who run the ship and do an incredible job marshalling the troops. Playing under Priesty's leadership has been really enjoyable as well. It's been heaps of fun so far. I'm looking forward to the back end of the tournament as well."
With one win from three games, Hurricanes skipper Priest said that she would want to continue her form with the bat in the upcoming games. "We have got a lot of games to go. So hopefully, I can continue throughout. Hopefully, the rest of our batters can, kind of, get going because they haven't quite got going yet. But we have so much experience in our batting lineup I know that they'll come good soon."