She would have been a little sore no doubt on Monday- Raiders women's coach Darren Simmonds
A fit-again Emma Manix-Geeves delivered a timely lesson as well as two batting masterclasses on her long-awaited return to the Greater Northern Raiders side.
Having been injured for nearly half the year, the wicket-keeper batter returned for a double-header at New Town in which she scored a combined total of 168 without being dismissed as the team recorded victory margins of 86 and 101 runs.
Raiders coach Darren Simmonds said despite having only turned 21 in August, Manix-Geeves showed huge maturity at the crease, patiently accumulating her innings before cutting loose in the latter overs.
"She was a class above and we're really proud of her," he said.
"It was a good lesson for our young players to see the way she went about it, knocking the ball around early and then attacking late on.
"She was really pleased with the day. We had to assess her after game one to see if she could play the second game. She had a little fitness test and got the all-clear.
"She would have been a little sore no doubt on Monday but will do all the right recovery and be ready to go for next weekend."
A contracted Tasmanian Tiger, who is now based in Hobart, Manix-Geeves had a bracing dip in the ocean at Bellerive followed by a massage as part of her recovery on Monday.
Simmonds is delighted with the Raiders' form as they prepare to host a double-header against the other unbeaten side - North Hobart - with the sides also destined to meet in the following week's Twenty20 grand final.
"We have not lost as yet.
"We'll take on North Hobart on Sunday at UTAS with both sides in a similar position and we'll clash again the following week in the final.
"We've identified areas we need to improve and there's no doubt we need to keep doing that. We like to try and improve week on week to stay on the right track."
One-day matches are due to begin on December 12 when the Raiders are scheduled to host New Town at UTAS Stadium.
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