It will be somewhat of a new-look Tigers line-up for season 2021, with former New Zealand wicketkeeper-batter, Rachel Priest, West Australian all-rounder, Heather Graham, and New South Wales batter, Naomi Stalenberg, all tipped to make their Tigers’ debuts.
As well as a five-wicket win against Queensland on Saturday, the Meteors have a good record against Tasmania, having won three of their last five WNCL games against the Tigers, including a three-wicket win in their most recent meeting in February 2020.
Despite finishing in a disappointing sixth position on the table at the conclusion of the 2019/20 WNCL season, the Tigers did lead the competition is certain areas of their game; a trend they will look to continue this season, as well as improve in other areas.
Tasmania took 97% of their catching opportunities in the 2019/20 WNCL; the best percentage by any team in the field. On top of that, opening pacer, Belinda Vakarewa, who has recovered from the knee complaint that kept her sidelined for the final two matches of the WBBL season, will be a key figure in the Tigers’ fortunes. Vakawera bowled 310 dot balls in the 2019/20 WNCL season; more than any other player.
A travelling squad of 14 was previously named late last week, with the playing XI to be confirmed at the toss.
Play will commence at 10am AEDT at Canberra’s EPC Solar Park tomorrow. The match will be live scored on cricket.com.au and the CA Live app.