Beyond the halfway point of the WBBL, the Hobart Hurricanes find themselves once again facing the possibility of another season without finals.
When the league announced a Tasmanian blitz to begin the season, Hobart were optimistic about the chance to use their home-ground advantage to set-up their season. Instead, they left with a losing record which was compounded against Sydney Sixers in Perth.
In glimpses, like when Tayla Vlaeminck seared through Tahlia Wilson against the Thunder, you can see the bones of a talented bowling core, especially after unearthing Ruth Johnston who leads the 'Canes wicket-takers.
In between those glimpses, the Hurricanes have tended to let opposition sides get away when they needed to press their advantage.
It's an issue the bowling group seems acutely aware of as they ponder what needs a tweak.
"I wasn't actually happy with how I bowled to be honest, just a few too many loose deliveries and let them get a few too many so a bit disappointing," Nicola Carey said after the Thunder game
The same can be said of the batting group, headlined by Mignon du Preez, which has been the key to both of the Hurricanes' wins to this point in the season.
The Hurricanes opening win was memorably fuelled by a Rachel Priest boundary-laden 107 and then du Preez showcased her wares in posting her opening fifty of the season to pip the Melbourne Stars again.
One of the glaring issues is the 'Canes, aside from du Preez, seem to have a batting order which fails to accelerate through the middle overs. Against the Sixers in Perth, only Molly Strano struck above 100 for the 'Canes while three Sydney Sixers batters managed that feat, including Nicole Bolton who changed the game in a whirlwind cameo.
"We're not that far off as a group. I guess sort of we just have to tidy up a few things here and there, but yeah, to only have a couple of wins out of a half a tournament not ideal," Carey said reflecting on their stint in Tasmania.
In moments, like Richa Ghosh's 46 against the Stars or Johnston's 47 against the Heat, they have shown they can shine but Salliann Beams and co. will be wondering how they can get that output on the regular.
One of the things in their favour is that the squad seems to be in a good place culturally as they get set to spend the next few weeks living adjacent while traversing the mainland. While there have been new additions to the 'Canes outfit, the players, including du Preez and Carey, talk about enjoying their time at the 'Canes.
"It's always fun, getting away and I guess you're away from home, so you're together a lot of the time," Carey said.
"We're a close knit group, everyone gets along, so it's nice to see everyone"
As the Hurricanes seek a change in fortunes, Carey is looking forward to a change in climate heading into the second-half of the WBBL.
"I'm looking forward to some warm weather. Nice change going to Perth and then Mackay should be probably even that little bit warmer," she said.
"Different place so hopefully different results."
So far, those results have remained the same.
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