After taking 4-22 in Gloucestershire Women’s recent victory over Durham, seamer Sidra Khan reflected on her match-winning spell…
For the match report from that game click here.
How important was your bowling spell against Durham?
My bowling spell versus Durham was a crucial turning point for this game. Durham had 70 plus runs on the board with a loss of no wickets after 20 overs.
We knew that Durham were going at a steady run rate and were not running away with the score but taking wickets at that moment was vital to prevent the batsmen capatilising and to drive the momentum back in our direction.
With the strong support from my team players, I was delighted to make an impact with the ball. We knew full length bowling would do the trick and it certainly did.
When you came onto bowl, what was your aim?
As a bowler, my aim has always been to take wickets by adhering to my bowling plan. When I bowled, I knew I had to bowl full length balls and fire in the yorkers but at the same time, I had to avoid leaking too many runs.
When bowling, it is important to be able to adapt to each batsman’s strengths and weaknesses and know which balls they are most likely to fall to. I had the opportunity to analyse the batsmen when my other team members were bowling and create a plan for each batsmen who looked comfortable at the crease.
Additionally, I had Alice Hill bowling at the other end who really tied them down so we knew pressure was building on both sides. Bowling in partnerships is absolutely key and this is exactly what we demonstrated as a bowling unit.
How pleased were you to bowl so well and make a big contribution to the win?
This was a rewarding moment for me. I felt elated and proud. It is very important for a bowler to believe in oneself in order to take wickets and strengthen the belief of the captain and team members in your ability to perform.
The celebrations from the team at the point a wicket is taken is simply priceless, which motivates me even more to replicate the same success in my remaining overs of the match as well as in future matches.
Describe how well the team recovered to restrict Durham to 147?
The whole team played a huge part in creating pressure and restricting Durham to 147.
Bowlers bowled in partnerships and the fielders took every opportunity to take a catch or minimise easy runs. We saw great pieces of fielding from Alice at point and Bhavi (Devchand)at deep mid on.
These efforts from the players lifted the team’s morale in order to fight, add pressure and not concede many runs. Also, the support network shown between the players helped not only each fielder but also the bowler bowling at the time.
Fantastic team effort.
Who have been players in the team that have impressed you most so far this season and why?
I can genuinely reward each and every individual in our team as each player brings something special. Particular credit goes to the new youngsters who have been absolutely incredible, Danielle Gibson being one of them. She has come in the county women’s squad at the age of 15 and opens the bowling with pace and aggression and really sets the tone for the team. Not only does she bowl but her batting has been class. An explosive batsmen that is confident to just go out there and play her shots with no hesitation.
What’s it like being part of the squad this season?
I feel privileged to be a part of this squad. One of the key factors behind our success is our team spirit, which is just as strong off the pitch as it is on. Coming through the ranks together, I have developed strong friendships with each team member, which serves to boost our morale during training and matches.