Alice Capsey: England striker eyes WPL final glory with back-to-back Hundred Tournament wins | Cricket News
England batsman Alice Capsey eyes a third major tournament success in her budding cricket career as she prepares for Sunday’s inaugural Women’s Premier League final.
Capsey, 18, came on the scene two years ago as part of the Oval Invincibles team that won the inaugural women’s edition of The Hundred. They then retained their title last summer, and Capsey is now on the hunt for another winner’s medal with the Delhi Capitals in the WPL.
Capsey was instrumental in seeing off the Capitals in Sunday’s final, where they face the Mumbai Indians, as she took 3-26 with her off-tour and hit 34 of 31 in a win against UP Warriorz earlier in the week who clinched their spot.
“I’ve been very lucky to be part of some pretty great teams,” Capsey said. sky sports.
“The two teams I’ve been on have had a lot of different characters, a lot of different game winners, who all got up at different times. That’s what makes a great team.
“You can’t just rely on one or two players. And that’s certainly the case here in Delhi.
“You could list every player. They have all done something throughout this competition to put us in a winning position.
“It’s great to be part of these teams. The experience and wealth of knowledge in the dressing room is incredible.”
Capsey also credited the leadership of Australia and Capitals captain Meg Lanning, as well as their head coach, Jonathan Batty – who led the Invincibles to their hundred wins – as the key to Delhi’s success.
“I think we gelled really well,” Capsey said. “It’s so cliché; we’ve spent a lot of time together now, but even at the start it was just a great team environment.
“Hats off to JB and Meg for putting this together and bringing us all together.
“We stayed pretty balanced. I think that’s a really crucial thing; it’s something that Meg did very well, keeping us all level and on track.”
The Capitals had a blistering start to the tournament, going over 200 with the bat in their first two wins over Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Warriorz, before suffering an eight-wicket hammering at the hands of Mumbai, who won all of their first five matches.
Delhi would only lose once more in their last five games, however – to Gujarat Titans – which included a nine-wicket revenge win over Mumbai in their second encounter as they headed straight to the final .
As the Indians beat the Warriorz in Friday’s playoff to set up another showdown between the two teams in Sunday’s final, Capsey spoke about the strengths of their opponents.
“Mumbai flew over the blocks and looked pretty much unbeatable,” she said. “They have X-factor players in Nat Sciver-Brunt, Harmanpre and Kaur, but what sets me apart is their consistency and the experience within their team.
“Harmanpreet is a brilliant captain. She has been very successful in rallying the team. They look like a very well-rounded team, with their spinners and also Issy Wong’s X-factor pace.
“Their record on the group stage – obviously they didn’t have the best ending – the cricket they were playing at the start was really good.
“They put themselves in a position to qualify (for the playoffs) earlier than any other team. It just shows the quality they have.
“These are two very different roads to the final. But it’s about peaking at the right time.
“I hope we did. We have one more game and I hope we win it. That would be great.”
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