Former Centennials cricketer Lisa Griffith has had quite an incredible return to cricket.
Now in her first full season back in the sport, Griffith has been starring with the Sydney Thunder in this season’s Women’s Big Bash League.
It’s quite an achievement for her this weekend but she is willing to play any role the coaching staff give her, heading into two games against the Hobart Hurricanes.
“I’m just really stoked to be getting a go,” she said.
“To think this year is my first season back and to play in the first three games [in the Big Bash League], I’m just so stoked to have got a bowl.
“I’ve played some of the best batters in the comp. It’s been hard but I’ve learnt a lot.
“I’ve got such a good support network with the likes Alex Blackwell and Rachael Haynes and Rene Farrell. It’s just been awesome to work with them and get their thoughts.”
While Griffith is yet to get a go with the bat, she’s bowled a total of seven overs across her three games.
She may get a chance again with the ball when the Thunder take on the Hurricanes on Saturday and Sunday, at Launceston’s University of Tasmania Stadium.
While the Hurricanes are winless from four starts, she is wary of the threat the Tasmania-based team poses.
“They’re a very strong outfit and they’ll be looking to bounce back and out to prove that some of their performances have been a lot less than what they can do,” she said.
“The fact it is Launceston, it’s kind of home turf for them. They’ll know that ground and that wicket.
“No doubt it’ll be tough and we’ll need to bring our A-game to knock up two wins against them. It should be good and I’m looking forward to getting out there.”
This will be the second time this season that Griffith has featured in two games across two days for the Thunder.
On the previous two occasions, the Thunder played Melbourne Renegades on December 9 and then city rivals Sydney Sixers on December 10.
Both games were played at North Sydney.
She was shocked at how hard it is to back up within the space of 24 hours.
“It’s not just the physicality but also the mind frame that you have to put yourselves into, heading into these games,” she said.
“Definitely at North Sydney it was a big learning curve, to go into those games and play two in two days.”
Saturday’s game starts at 2.20pm and Sunday’s game starts at 11am.