While she took a crucial four-wicket-haul in her side’s win over Melbourne Renegades last Sunday, Brisbane Heat bowler Georgia Prestwidge mind is firmly looking ahead, with a must-win Semi-Final this Thursday on her mind.
“We are riding it…and embracing every challenge that gets thrown at us,” she said.
The Women’s Big Bash League 06, although looking different in 2020, has given the 22-year-old an opportunity to take her career to a new level, while also learn to enjoy the uniqueness of hub-style living.
“Every is in the mindset of ‘if this is what we have to do to play cricket, we’ll get on with it’.”
“They’ve provided a really great set up in here. A lot of ping pong and poll tables, basketball hoops. There’s even a golf simulator. There’s not been a day we’ve been bored!”
After taking four wickets against the Renegades, Prestwidge insists the fire in her side is building.
“We really wanted to finish the round games well. Now we are super pumped,” she said.
But the task doesn’t end here, with the Heat headed into an all-important clash with the Sydney Thunder this Sunday, to earn a spot in the WBBL Final, aiming to claim their third title in three years.
And the right-arm medium bowler knows that not much is done differently in the Heat’s camp to ensure they give it their all come the weekend.
“We are going about our week the same. We have our planning meetings and getting our gyms done. Not a lot changes.”
“The recipe we have at the moment is working. Tweaking and polishing a few things is all that we are going to do,” the 22-year-old said.
“We are just going to take that momentum into the Semi-Finals.”
The Heat won eight games in the Sydney hub and finished second on the ladder, pushing to go back-to-back-to-back in 2020, but Prestwidge and her teammates are taking it one step at a time.
“We are focusing on our own roles. But we are ready for a great game of cricket.”
And Prestwidge didn’t forget the loyal Heat fans, who have been unable to attend games this season, promising they’ll ‘give their all’ for those back home.
“We feel the quietness in the stadiums, but we love the support on social media. It’s not going unnoticed,” she said.
You can catch the WBBL 06 second Semi Final, with Brisbane Heat taking on Sydney Thunder on Thursday 26 November at 7.10pm via Channel 7, Foxtel and Kayo Sports.