Sam Bates says this season is one to watch, as all teams finishing respective games last week with one win and one loss. The Abode Hotels ACT Meteors were successful in their match against Queensland but came short on Friday losing to Tasmania. They are currently sitting fourth on the ladder on percentage.
“Credit to Tassie they’ve come a long way in the last year,” said Bates.
“We just didn’t play well against them, there were a lot of errors that didn’t need to be errors for us.”
Bates is happy with the effort of the side, highlighting the efforts of Erin Osborne who was the player of the match on Sunday against Queensland. A memorable moment of the game was a catch by Osborne, in which she bounced the ball around her hands three times before stabilising herself and the ball to claim the wicket.
“Ozzy led from the front, she bowled exceptionally well, she’s been batting well so credit to her for winning player of the match she deserved it,”
Looking ahead, after the six-week break, the ACT Meteors return to Manuka Oval to compete against Victoria and Western Australia. Recently Bates has learnt about the ACT Meteors being undefeated at Manuka Oval since the 2015/16 season. This has increased the pressure for the team to maintain their undefeated status they have inherited.
“I think it’s actually more pressure for us now but it’s a home crowd, which they do bring a lot to our team so we know the ground pretty well so hopefully we’ll get two wins up on the board.”
With these upcoming games, recently appointed head coach David Drew will be stepping up after former coach James Allsopp has transitioned to CEO of Cricket ACT.
Bates is confident in the ability of Drew and says “it feel like he’s been here for years so it’s not a huge jump”. All the ACT Meteors players are supportive of the leadership change, pointing out the ability of their new coach.
“We’re all really excited and really behind Drewy, we know that he can take this team far.”
“I can speak for all the girls we love James, he’s brought so much to the group and he still has a lot to bring to the group.”
The WNCL is currently under a six week break, during this time all the Meteors players will join their local clubs as the Premier Cricket Season prepares to launch next week
ACT Meteors v Victoria, 9th November, 2:30pm, Manuka Oval
ACT Meteors v Western Australia, 11th November, 10am, Manuka Oval