Satterthwaite addresses missing out on Devine and Tahuhu's services due to injuries

Satterthwaite addresses missing out on Devine and Tahuhu’s services due to injuries

It must be a hard feeling when you are the hosts and you also are the earliest team to be eliminated. Right now, New Zealand is facing this situation. New Zealand have been virtually eliminated from securing a semi-finals spot. Even if they win all their remaining matches, they will end up with just six points. Their net run-rate is also negative. In their previous match, they lost by just one wicket. Their comeback must be lauded. They were all but out of the game when England were crusing along with 176 for wickets. 

New Zealand made a solid comeback, playing by the golden mantra that wickets will add pressure and restrict flow of runs. In the next overs, New Zealand picked 5 wickets giving just 20 runs. It’s a shame that they ended on the losing side. They also got unlucky, as they missed out on the services of two key players. Devine was forced to retire hurt due to back issues. When she returned, she managed to add just 4 runs to the tally. 

The other player injured was Tahuhu. She hurt her left handstring during the fifth over. She was bowling brilliantly until that point. She couldn’t return to the field, which meant the hosts were without two of their primary bowling options.

Satterthwaite on being without two of their experienced bowling options

“In the moment you try and put them on to one side and focus on what you’ve to do that’s in front of you,” Satterthwaite said about dealing with the two injured team-mates. “When you finish the game and look back, they were pretty pivotal moments in a way.

Sophie’s injury at the time, she was looking outstanding with the bat and seemed to have it between her teeth and was looking to take the opposition on and the momentum that her and Amelia Kerr were building was really nice and we were at a great position. Unfortunately, it’s never nice to see someone injured of that caliber, especially, it came at not a great time for us. At the same time, I would have backed our line-up to put a performance on the park and produce a bigger total than we did.

It’s a funny thing about World Cups as there can always be some interesting results on the day and teams have shown how close the women’s game is getting now. The likes of South Africa for me have been a team that I thought could be near the top of the world for a while now. They’ve got a really well-rounded side.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.