The youngster made a final defensive bowling effort in Sunday’s game in an attempt to save the day, finishing 3-21.
But the skipper’s fate came too late, after half a century of Brisbane star Georgia Redmayne (57 out of 45 balls) put the Heat on the path to victory.
âThe partnerships worked really well today and we put a lot of pressure on the defensive players,â said Redmayne.
âWe suffered two losses after a very good start to the tournament and knew we had to put in a really good performance to face these guys today. “
Redmayne’s effort with the bat was supported by a superb bowling spell from Poonam Yadav, who took key wickets from Smriti Mandhana (37 of 24 balls) and Phoebe Litchfield (40 of 32 balls) and finished with numbers 3-17 from her four overs. Yadav’s magic limited the Thunder to 7-143 and that wasn’t enough to hold Brisbane back.
The Heat’s skill balance with stick and ball is what the Thunder currently lacks, Darlington said.
âFor us as bowlers, we have to hit the stumps. For our hitters, I think it’s about reading the game better, âshe said.
âSo everyone has a goal for themselves in the next two games. We have to win every game so that should help the squad to know better what to do. “
It was a disappointing loss for the Thunder, who seemed to finally get their season back on track after the back-to-back wins before Sunday’s loss.
Darlington said his goal as captain is to keep the team calm during a difficult time for the team.
âFor me it’s a whole new experience and I’m just learning on the job,â Darlington said.
“My message to the girls is to keep it really simple and make sure everyone is clear on what to do because I think everyone is playing their best cricket then.”