Getting chucked the ball early on was a surprise, says Georgia Hennessy after Storm's win

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Getting chucked the ball early on was a surprise, says Georgia Hennessy after Storm's win

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Georgia Hennessy expressed delight at her ability to make allround contributions to Western Storm’s win in their last match of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint (RHF) Trophy on Saturday (September 19). She struck a majestic century at the County Ground in Bristol, before returning to pick a couple of wickets with the ball, helping Western Storm to a massive win over Sunrisers.

“Yeah, really nice!” she said after being asked if she was chuffed at her performance. “Good knock today. Really enjoyed making a few partnerships with the girls. Nice to finish on a high.”

The situation wasn’t all that rosy when the 23-year-old walked in to bat. Sunrisers, who had opted to bowl, had Storm quickly two down for 45 when she walked in, before eventually having them on the mat at four for 69. Hennessy strung a quick 155-run partnership with Alex Griffiths, who scored 80 off just 68 balls. An unbeaten 24-ball 33 by Danielle Gibson saw Storm posting 288 for six in their 50 overs.

Later, chasing a daunting target, Sunrisers had got off to a fine start as openers Cordelia Griffith and Alice Macleod (28) added 55. But Hennessy was brought into the attack and she ended the former’s stay for 41, post which Sunrisers couldn’t recover.

“Getting chucked the ball early on was a surprise,” said Hennessy about coming into bowl in the ninth over. “Love to get two bites of the cherry – with the bat and the ball as well.”

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It was Hennessy's second fifty-plus score this season after her 86 against South East Stars at the same venue eight days ago. With 11 wickets in six matches, she finished as the joint-highest wicket-taker for Storm and joint-third overall in the competition. However, it wasn't enough to help Storm qualify for the final, which will be contested by Northern Diamonds and Southern Vipers next Sunday (September 27).

With the season, that was a very short one due to COVID-19, ending for Storm, Hennessy said that it felt like a normal season only because of the amount of training they did.

“Can’t wait to go get training. Hopefully a little bit of a break and then get back into it.”

“A few us feel we’ve done a lot of training; we’ve obviously just started playing. (I am) looking forward to get into the nets and starting training and looking forward getting into the nets, do some technical work and then get a full season next year,” she concluded.