White Lightning was missing several of its big guns in Sunday’s opening games of the Hunlock Series including their trio of NBL players from South Africa, Bird, Pretorius and Tretheway. They had a difficult start losing 13-4 against the Roosters. Despite this the team showed a lot of character to turn it around. They battled hard in the next two games and came agonisingly close to picking up a win. They lost both games by 1-run but the players who have mainly Single-A or Double-A experience really raised their game against opponents featuring NBL superstars.
Stand-in manager, Theo Scheepers, and Reagan Wood were instrumental in turning the team around after the early setback.
The Lightning find themselves bottom of the Hunlock Series standings with no wins and 3 losses. But those who are writing them off at such an early stage should think again.
They may prefer to keep it quite, but they are expecting their big stars to be back for this Sunday’s second round of Hunlock Series games. This includes players who played in the NBL this season like, Ryan Bird, Andy Cornish and Lee Manning. This, added to the players who battled on Sunday could give the team the winning formula.