By Peter Argent
A member of the Melbourne Renegades squad that was bundled out of the seventh edition Women’s Big Bash competition, at the penultimate stage on Thursday night at Adelaide Oval, Broken Hill born all-rounder Makinley Blows is keen to bounce back quickly.
A true all-rounder – a left hand bat and right arm medium pace bowler – Blows surprisingly only played one game during in the Renegades WBBL 07 campaign, a win against the Sydney Thunder in Launceston, where she didn’t get an opportunity with either willow or ball.
Across her career so far Blows has played 29 WBBL games, but only batted seven times.
Her best figures with the ball is 2/22.
“While it has been frustrating not playing, it sometimes happens this way in this form of the game,” Blows said at Adelaide Oval following the finals match against the victorious Adelaide Strikers.
“Over the course of the regular season the Renegades won the majority of their games, so it was hard to break into the team.
“Unfortunately one modest performance in a final, and our team’s WBBL season is over.
“I’ll now be focusing on producing a strong campaign with the Victorian side in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) 50-over competition.”
Makinley Blows was originally recruited to the Victorian Spirit squad following impressive performances in both Premier Cricket for Box Hill and the Cricket Victoria Underage Pathway Program.
Following a rookie position with the Melbourne Renegades, she moved across to rival Victorian WBBL Club, the Renegades and is looking to develop her game further around Victoria’s elite female talent.
Victorian WNCL Cap number 233, Blows has a best of 105 against her name, a stylish century made at the Karen Rolton number two ground in Adelaide and best figures with the ball of 2/7.
This year the Victorian Spirit team are look for a first WNCL title since 2004–05.
The Victorian Women’s team start their 2021-22 campaign on December 16 against the ACT Meteors at Junction Oval (CitiPower Centre) St. Kilda, starting at 9.30am.
This is followed by a clash with the competition yardstick, the NSW Breakers on December 19 at the same venue.
The WNCL tournament will continue throughout January and February, with the final to be played on March 6, 2002.
This Saturday night the WBBL 07 season culminates with the Grand Final between the Perth scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers.
On the top of a brilliant bowling performance at Adelaide Oval, the Strikers won the right to take Scorchers, with an emphatic nine wicket win, with 55 balls still remaining.
Local “Silver City” Perth Scorchers player Sam Betts has been names in the extended squad for the final.