Every game is really crucial for us: Tahlia McGrath on the Strikers’ WBBL06 campaign

Tahlia McGrath in action for Adelaide Strikers. © Getty Images

Adelaide Strikers opener Tahlia McGrath has said that despite the defeat against the Brisbane Heat, they are confident of turning things around and qualify for the knockouts. Speaking after the loss on Saturday (November 14), McGrath said that they could not afford to spend too much time worrying about the result with five matches scheduled over the next eight days.

“It’s something you can’t dwell on. Team meeting tonight and then our focus got to shift towards the (Sydney) Sixers straight away tomorrow. We still have a chance in that finals. Every game is really crucial for us. So it’s important to dust that one off as quickly as possible and move forward,” McGrath told reporters at a virtual press conference.

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After opting to field, the Strikers were in a strong position with the Heat struggling at 71/4 after 15.1 overs. Laura Kimmince took the game away from them with a 17-ball 41 and helped the Heat get past the 130-run mark. However, McGrath felt the wicket was tricky and not easy to bat on.

“The whole game, it was very inconsistent, some were up at my shoulders, and some were skidding on. Never felt like you are quite in on that wicket. Credit to Laura Kimmince who made it look like a road,” she said. Despite the good start provided by McGrath and Katie Mack, the Strikers fell short by 14 runs. McGrath made 62-ball 52 before getting out to Grace Harris.

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“I knew it was gonna be tricky. I tried to get us off to a good start and keep wickets in hand so that we can go big in the end. Yeah, fell short in the end, unfortunately,” said the 25-year-old.

She felt that the Heat bowlers were on the money and made the most out of the conditions. “They bowled quite well, this wicket, in particular, they bowled into the wicket and made it really hard for us to score boundaries. Credit to them. They probably deserved to win in the end,” she added.

Although she was happy about getting some runs, the allrounder said that it does not mean anything when the results don’t go your way. McGrath lauded the performance of Amanda-Jade Wellington in the tournament so far. She said that Wellington has stood up in crucial moments for the Strikers. “Hopefully, another big couple of games for her to finish in the tournament,” she concluded.