Warwick duo on same Heat program at the Gabba
CRICKET: One wants a home ground final, the other just a finals spot as Warwick's two Brisbane Heat cricketers play at the Gabba today.
For paceman Mark Steketee, a win against the Melbourne Renegades tonight means a home final while for all-rounder Delissa Kimmince, the Heat women want two wins against the Strikers this weekend to secure a finals berth.
"When we play at the same venue, Mark is often preparing for his game and then we are in recovery when he is playing so we don't see all of each others games,” Kimmince said.
"I have watched some of Mark's games on TV and it is good to see Mark and the Heat men taking plenty of wickets this season.”
Steketee dismissed English international Kevin Pietersen LBW for wickets with successive balls against the Stars on Tuesday night and said he didn't even think about the possibility of a hat-trick until he was running in for the next ball.
"It was very handy to get KP, he doesn't miss many of those balls,” Steketee said.
Steketee missed the hat-trick but is happy to talk about his improvement this season.
"I am more relaxed this season, you never set out to take 11 wickets in the competition,” he said.
"It is good our attack has finally stood up and reached its potential. We can still tidy up a few things so it is exciting there is still improvement.
"I have a general bowling plan but you have to be adaptable to the pitch and individual batsmen.”
Kimmince said she was happy to hit some form with a season best of 39 at the weekend.
"We need two wins against the Strikers to help secure a finals spot, one win and we will be relying on other results which is not a good thing,” she said.
Kimmince relinquished the captaincy of the Heat women at the start of the year and said she was enjoying the chance to again field on the boundary.
"When I was captain, I was constantly over thinking cricket. I decided to step away, get rid of one stress and concentrate on my own game.”
Today's games are again a sell out at the Gabba. Kimmince will be back at the Gabba tomorrow for the second weekend game against the Strikers and then to watch a Brisbane Lions trial game against the Giants.
She will start concentrating on her hopes to play with the Lions in the inaugural women's AFL competition once her commitments this season are finished with the Heat which she hopes is after the 2017 WBBL grand final.