Northern Diamonds batter Sterre Kalis relieved to turn things around with the bat

Sterre Kalis in action. © Northern Diamonds Twitter

Northern Diamonds star Sterre Kalis said she is happy to get some runs under the belt despite the team suffering their first defeat in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. After winning the first four matches, Diamonds lost to Central Parks on Sunday (September 13) by six wickets. Kalis, who was going through a terrible patch with the bat – registering three consecutive ducks – turned her form around and made a crucial 87, taking the Diamonds to a competitive total.

“It was a really good feeling to finally get some runs on the board,” Kalis was quoted as saying to the Yorkshire CCC website. “But going into the next game, it’s no good being in your head,” she said. “That’s the last thing you need, so it’s about freeing your mind to be able to perform. I have tried to stay positive and work hard at training. Thankfully it came right.”

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Despite the loss, Kalis was confident that one good result would be enough to see Diamonds through to the final. “It’s always better if you get runs in a win. But, if we win at the weekend, we are through to the final,” said the 21-year-old. The Dutch international thanked the county for including her in the squad, adding that her time in England has played a vital part in her development as a cricketer. “It’s been really good for me to get in some high-standard games,” she said.

“Back at home, we don’t really play loads of games. So, every one (chance) you get over here, it’s a big chance. It’s really good for my development. I love being here and love playing at a standard like this. So hopefully I can come back next year.”

Kalis felt that the mood in the Diamonds camp is optimistic and that they are confident of winning their next match.

“We beat the Thunder convincingly last week, so we’re really confident going into the weekend, and hopefully, we can do that again,” she added. “The team’s feeling really good, and all the girls have stood up and showed what they’re capable of (throughout the competition). We’re confident and can’t wait for Saturday.”