FROM east to west - it's move that Lisa Griffith hopes will bring out her best.
The Bathurst cricketer will join the ranks of the Perth Scorchers for the seventh edition of the Women's Big Bash League, which gets underway from this Thursday in Tasmania.
Griffith, 29, has previously represented Sydney Thunder and more recently Sydney Sixers in the Twenty20 competition.
Griffith was among a recent quartet of signings, along with Ash Day, Amy Edgar, and Lilly Mills, who have rounded out the Scorchers' squad for the upcoming season.
The Bathurst all-rounder and former NSW Breakers captain joins a Scorchers side who are currently ranked as the favourites for this edition of the WBBL.
With the talent on board it's not hard to see why.
Sophie Devine and Beth Mooney are first and third respectively on the 2020-21 WBBL run scorers list and the signing of Sri Lankan captain Chamari Atapattu adds to a stacked roster.
Griffith has been loving every second of the west coast move and she said the coaching staff and player group in Perth hasn't taken long to leave a very positive first impression with her.
"I'm loving it over here. It's different to the east coast but it's great. We fly out with the Scorchers on Friday to go and play in Hobart. I'm really, really keen," she said.
"Being able to work with [Western Australia coach] Becky Grundy and obviously Shelley [Nitschke, Scorchers coach] is great.
"Then there's the likes of Marizanne Kapp, Chamari Atapattu, Soph Devine and Beth Mooney. It's hard to think of four better players to player with.
"The girls have been fantastic. They've really welcomed me. It's also been nice to bowl on some nice, bouncy wickets.
"I miss Bathurst but Perth has been lovely and after being welcomed with open arms it's allowed me to immense myself in my cricket."
The Scorchers will open their campaign on Sunday against the Brisbane Heat before backing up against the same opponent on Tuesday.
Griffith will also enjoy match time with the Western Australia one-day side for their Women's National Cricket League season.
After a few up and down years across all formats Griffith is looking to refine her skills in a new environment.
"The role that I'll hopefully get an opportunity to fulfil with the Scorchers will be to bowl in the middle overs with the ball, and be in the middle to lower order with the bat," she said.
"We've got a fantastic team at the Scorchers so I'll just be stoked if I can get a run out on the field with those girls.
"With WA cricket I'll be looking to be more up front with the ball and certainly middle order with the bat.
"There's great opportunities that lay in front of me and I've done a lot of technique work in the off-season. The bowling coach here, Aaron Hamilton, has showed me some excellent things."
This pre-season has been a much more comfortable affair for Griffith compared to her injury-affected one in 2020.
She believes it's both a mental and physical boost.
"The body feels good. I had a significant ankle injury going into last season so it's been nice to feel in a really good place," Griffith said.
"I think the main thing for this season is backing myself. For a long time I've been on the fringe of a lot of teams, and it can be hard at times when you're questioning your own ability, but I do believe I have the ability.
"It's about going out and enjoying the game and playing with some freedom."
An influx of overseas talent in this year's WBBL is also an exciting feature for Griffith.
"Brisbane will be interesting, first up. They've obviously had a few good years. They missed out on finals last year but before that they've been a force. They'll be tough," she said.
"There's some heavy Indian influence coming into the teams this year, which I think is excellent. It will be really good to see those players in the comp.
"I think we've got a red hot side and if we can put it together I think we'll go a long way towards winning the comp.
"With the body feeling like it's in a good place I can't wait to run in hard and bowl fast."
Griffith will be looking to help the Perth Scorchers return to the WBBL final after their back-to-back appearance in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
The Scorchers lost to the Sydney Sixers on both occasions.
Fellow Central West players Phoebe Litchfield (Thunder) and Emma Hughes (Sixers) will also be in action again this season.
PERTH SCORCHERS WBBL SQUAD: Sophie Devine (C), Chamari Athapaththu, Samantha Betts, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Ashley Day, Amy Edgar, Heather Graham, Lisa Griffith, Marizanne Kapp, Alana King, Lilly Mills, Beth Mooney, Taneale Peschel, Chloe Piparo
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