“I guess the momentum is a bit against us. With the short amount of time and a lot of games back to back, you can really lose momentum and that's what's probably happening
“We are a quality side and we just need to regroup and get back up and about. It's four losses, yes, but we still have a chance to get into the top four and into the semi-finals.”
While admitting that the condensed schedule of the tournament has made it difficult for the players who have come into the WBBL with little to no cricket under their belts, van Niekerk was adamant that the Sixers are not far away from returning to their winning ways. She said the players were focused on recovering well for a busy next week.
🔥 A dominant display from the Scorchers
🟦 Strikers too good for Sixers
💪 Heat crush Hurricanes
🤯 A thrilling Melbourne derby
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“Especially with COVID and everything, not a lot of cricket has been played around the world, so it's obviously a bit tough on the bodies. But, you know, we get paid to do a job. The recoveries are spot on. We've got all the help and resources that we need to get up and about for the next game,” she explained.
“It's going to be a tough couple of days, but we have won two championships and that's not for nothing. So we just need to get up and about again.”
The leg-spinner, who conceded only nine runs in her first two overs, and cleaned up Stafanie Taylor with the first ball of her third over, was one of the bowlers who Tegan McPharlin, went after during her match-winning knock of 41. Van Niekerk gave away a total of 19 runs off her final 11 deliveries, 12 of which came off the last over.
She admitted that after getting off to a good start with the ball against Strikers, the two-time champions were unable to close out the innings and were then put under pressure by McPharlin’s counter-attacking knock.
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“It was disappointing
With Ashleigh Gardner having been withdrawn from the match after showing symptoms of a concussion while fielding, Sixers had to call on young Maddy Darke as her replacement. Although van Niekerk conceded the loss of Gardner with the bat may have hurt the Sixers, she was adamant that the rest of the batters should have stepped up to the plate.
“She's a match-winner in her own right. Obviously, it generally hurts the batting line-up when she's out, but we know we have a quality batting line-up. What we have within the team, we should have chased that down.”
The first-gamer Emma Hughes takes a fine catch!
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“It was a difficult pitch, it wasn't the easiest one, but I mean it's sometimes nice when bat goes up against ball. It moved a little bit and there was some purchase for the spinners as well. Credit to Strikers, they bowled really well to contain us, but as a team we would back ourselves to chase that down.”
Ahead of what is going to be a very busy week for the teams with as many as four matches over the course of the next six days, van Niekerk reiterated her belief in Sixers’ ability to bounce back and make a charge for the final four. She sounded a warning bell to all the other teams, stating that when the side turned their game around, it would be trouble for the other teams.
“It's not great to lose, but as I said we've got quality players in the side and it's just a case of one game for us to click and it's bound to happen. Its like a batter