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King: It's What We've Been Striving For

25 January 2017

Katherine Brunt and Emma King celebrate the Scorchers Semi-Final win over the Brisbane Heat // Getty Images

Emma King said the all-round team performance will give the Scorchers confidence against any opponent for the Final on Saturday.

Perth Scorchers Player of the Match Emma King is confident her side can topple either of its potential Rebel Women’s Big Bash League Final opponents after yesterday dominating the Brisbane Heat with a nine-wicket win to progress to the decider.

King has proven one of the Scorchers’ most effective bowlers over the season, leading the team for wickets taken with 17, and yesterday delivered when her team needed her, taking 2-17 which included the crucial caught-and-bowled wicket of Heat opening captain Kirby Short (39).

It was a strong performance across the board for the Scorchers, with the bowling unit restricting the visitors to 5-124, before chasing the total down with 26 balls to spare.

The result meant the Scorchers progressed to their first WBBL Final, but must await today’s result from the second semi-final between the Sydney Sixers and Hobart Hurricanes to know their opponent.

King said the comprehensive nature of the win over Brisbane was such that it would prove inspirational for the side entering Saturday’s decider.

“It’s what we’ve been striving for and we’ve spoken about it as a team,” King said.

“Every now and then we get the bowling right, but then we don’t get the batting right and vice versa.

“So it was good today that we had a good balance.

“We talk about partnerships in the bowling as well and I think Piepa Cleary (1-14(3)) did a great job tying them down to a score the batters felt comfortable enough with to play their shots.

“It was an all-round team performance.”

King said the result of today’s match would mean little to the Scorchers, with Perth more than willing and able to take on either the Sixers or Hurricanes.

“Definitely the fact that we batted and bowled well today, I think we’ll go in with some confidence that we can beat the best,” King said.

“If we play like that, we’ll be confident we can get over the top.

“I’ve said the Sixers are the team to beat all year … but our team is capable of beating both (Sixers or Hurricanes), so bring it on.”