In what was a up and down season for the Melbourne Renegades with the bat, Victorian Sophie Molineux was a reliable hand at the top of the order for the ‘Gades.
As one of the younger players in the Renegades starting XI, Molineux scored 318 runs at an average of 26.50 and claimed six wickets with the ball.
At the conclusion of WBBL|03, the 20-year-old reflected on the season that was, that saw her pass 50 on two occasions with the bat.
How did you see your season?
SM: I really enjoyed it, it was a really good group of girls. I really enjoyed Coyley as a coach, but a little bit disappointed with how it all ended up not playing finals, but I’ve enjoyed it and that’s the main thing for me.
Scoring two half-centuries for the season, you must’ve been happy with how you performed with the bat?
SM: It was nice to make those runs, obviously it would’ve been good to get more in some situations and I think I’ve just got to spend some more time in the middle at times and get use to that brand of cricket. The level of cricket and playing against internationals and facing them is invaluable experience that I’m really lucky to be having at my age.
It must’ve been hard coming into the season with injury, meaning you would have some time without being able to bowl?
SM: Yeah it was a bit frustrating at the start for the whole six weeks – I’ve never really played cricket without being an all-rounder and I’ve always had one to rely on, so I put a bit more emphasis on my batting at the start which I was a bit nervous about, but I think I’ve got to get use to it as you’re going to have injuries and things happen.
How was Tim Coyle as a coach?
I think he’s got so much experience and knowledge, it was different and fresh and I hadn’t really had much to do with him before this but he was such a good energy within the group and our culture just continued to build with him there. I’m really looking forward to next year under him and to get a couple of more wins.
A lot of people talk about Sophie Molineux being the next big thing in Australian cricket, how does that make you feel?
I’ve tried to block it out as much as I could, it’s really hard at times, I’ve always grown up with dreaming of wanting to play for Australia and it’s nice to hear, but at the same time I’ve just got to go out and take it game by game, one training session at a time with what you’re doing, if it comes it comes – I’ve just got to keep working hard to get there.
We also asked coach Tim Coyle what he thought of Molineux’s season.
I think you forget Sophie Molineux is as young as she is but age is just a number. I think now it’s just about Sophie Molineux being an Australian player in waiting, she’s still got a bit of work to do and she knows that, her best is very good but there’s a bit of a gap between her best and not being able to reproduce it consistently and that’s an inexperienced player at times, but eventually you can’t keep using that excuse. So I was really happy with the way she went about her cricket and at times she was very good.