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Keightley Confident In Consistency

20 November 2017

Keightley is determined to make another Rebel WBBL Final this season // Getty Images

The team is playing a good brand of cricket, giving Perth Scorchers coach Lisa Keightley confidence going into the season.

Perth Scorchers coach Lisa Keightley says her team is determined to make another Rebel WBBL finals campaign, believing the players are capable of building on their consistency from the first two seasons of the competition.

The Scorchers qualified for the inaugural WBBL finals series two seasons ago, but bowed out by eight runs in the semi-finals to the Sydney Thunder. 

The side then progressed to last year’s decider, but fell short by a similar margin, only seven runs, to the Sydney Sixers.

Keightley said the team was getting stronger each year and was playing a good brand of cricket.

“We’ve been really consistent over the past two years, making the semis and then the final,” Keightley said.

“To play in a final was the biggest step for us; for a lot of our local players, they don’t get the chance to play in a final because there’s not a lot of opportunity.

“We’ve got Piepa Cleary and Heather Graham, who are coming along nicely, then from a local level, Emma King had a fantastic season last year.

“Chloe Piparo is travelling along nicely, as well, so we’re definitely getting some depth and the quality of players is coming along nicely.”

Test player Elyse Villani has been announced as the Perth Scorchers captain for the 2017-18 season, replacing Suzie Bates who moved to the Adelaide Strikers.

The Scorchers’ WBBL season gets underway at North Sydney Oval on 10 December against the Brisbane Heat.