Eagle Vale Thunder bowler Belinda Vakarewa urges locals to head to semi-final

Belinda Vakarewa (left) with Harmanpreet Kaur. Picture: Brendon Thorne/AAP Image

Belinda Vakarewa (left) with Harmanpreet Kaur. Picture: Brendon Thorne/AAP Image

The Sydney Thunder are only one win away from playing in the Women’s Big Bash League grand final and Belinda Vakarewa wants to see locals showing their support at this weekend’s semi-final.

The Eagle Vale fast bowler has starred for the Thunder this season and is excited to face Brisbane Heat in the semi at Drummoyne Oval this weekend.

Vakarewa said the match will be a “great day of cricket”.

“Some of the best female cricketers in the world will all be in the one place this weekend, so it’s a game not to be missed,” she said.

“We’ve gone one for one against the Heat throughout the season, so it’s really evenly matched.

“It will be a great game.”

Vakarewa said she had some nerves heading into the semi-final but she was confident her team could get the job done.

“We’ve got one of the best batting line-ups and bowling line-ups in the Big Bash,” she said.

The 20-year-old said she had been thrilled with the level of support the women’s league had received this year.

“It’s definitely been great with the supporters and the media,” she said.

“Having people at the ground makes such a difference.

“It changes the whole atmosphere, and atmosphere is 50 per cent of what’s going on at the ground.”

Vakarewa said her mother would be flying in from Tasmania to watch her play this Saturday.

She is calling on all cricket fans to head to Drummoyne and support the Thunder.

“Hopefully it won’t be too hot,” she said.

“It’s a great ground right next to the water and I’ve enjoyed every time I’ve played there.”

The game kicks off at 10.40am.

More information: sydneythunder.com.au.