“I felt like the first seven games I was absolutely nowhere,” says Marizanne Kapp

Women’s Big Bash League 7th edition has brought a great display of performances from each of the eight teams. We have witnessed some new talents showcasing their potential along with the experienced ones entertaining us as always.

 

Marizanne Kapp takes 4 Wicket. PC: Getty Images
Marizanne Kapp takes 4 Wicket Haul. PC: Getty Images

 

One such talent which got hidden for her previous seven matches was South Africa’s star allrounder Marizanne Kapp. Known with the ball for becoming the first for her nation and just the third player to take a hat-trick in Women’s T20I and with the bat for scoring SA women’s highest individual score at the World Cup 102 not out, Kapp has played a key role for her country and was signed by Perch Scorchers with the same belief.

However, her performance was not up to her potential in her first seven matches of WBBL as she managed to get just four wickets but, it was a delight to see Kapp back in form on Sunday after she took a four-wicket haul giving away just 10 runs during Scorchers match against Hobart Hurricanes.

Her figure is worth appreciation but what is more special is that she got all the four wickets in the powerplay itself, not allowing the Hurricane batters to settle and clear the boundary rope. She made both the openers Rachel Priest and Naomi Stalenberg go back to the dressing room in the second over itself followed by Nicola Carey in the fourth and Molly Strano in the sixth over of the match. Helping her on the other side was the captain Sophie Devine herself who got one wicket in the powerplay and the other in the next over after the end of it. Contributing with the wickets in the last five overs was Lilly Mills who took a three-wicket haul while Heather Graham got one. The amazing performance by the bowlers bowled out the Hurricanes’ 96 and then the team’s batter went on scoring the target with 27 balls to spare. For her exceptional performance with the ball finishing with 4-10 as well as with the bat scoring an unbeaten 18 which included four boundaries, Kapp was adjudged as the player of the match.

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Kapp shared her joy of being able to contribute to the win with cricket.com.au, she said, “I was happy to finally contribute, I felt like the first (seven) games I was absolutely nowhere. So, it was just nice to contribute to the team winning. I’ve been hitting the ball really well, and I feel like the last game I played was just what I needed from a bowling and batting point of view and hopefully moving forward, I’ll be a bit more consistent with the bat as well.”

The Perth Scorchers are positioned at third on the table with a few more matches to go and will definitely be looking forward to reaching their third consecutive Semi-finals with a hope to take it to the finals this time. They play their next match tomorrow against Melbourne Stars.

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