What can we expect from the Northern Superchargers in the forthcoming Hundred?
Well, pardon the pun, all action batter Ami Campbell believes they will be a supercharged version of the Northern Diamonds side who have shone during the first half of the summer.
Left-hander Campbell, the 30-year-old from Newcastle, is one of 10 Diamonds players in the Superchargers squad who are preparing for Saturday’s competition opener against Welsh Fire at Emerald Headingley (2.30pm).
It is no wonder, therefore, that confidence is high following the Diamonds excellent start to 2021, in which they have won five of seven games and are firmly in contention for 50-over and T20 silverware at the halfway mark in the season.
“We already have a very strong bond given a lot of us play together with the Diamonds,” said Campbell.
“I think that could give us an advantage over the other teams.
“We have a lot of fight in us. We’re quite a feisty group who are very, very passionate.
“I think that’s why we’re so good to watch as the Diamonds. And, 100 percent, we’ll be taking that into the Hundred.
“There will probably even be a little bit more fire because we’re so excited to show what we’re capable of in front of a greater audience.
“You know that when you’ve got eyes on you, you want to be at your best.”
Supplementing the Diamonds players are overseas batters Jemimah Rodrigues (India), Laura Kimmince (Australia) and Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa).
South East Stars duo, all-rounder Alice Davidson-Richards and spinner Kalea Moore, have joined, as has Central Sparks seamer Liz Russell.
Campbell continued: “I’ve already learnt a lot from the overseas players, especially Laura Harris (Kimmince is her married name).
“We’ve got such a strong batting line-up, which is particularly exciting in this because it’s a batter’s format isn’t it!”
Campbell believes 150 will be a competitive total from a 100-ball innings, though insists a bare minimum target is scoring at a run-a-ball.
“It will take for two or three batters to come off and you could run away with an innings,” she said. “And we have the potential to do that because our batting line-up is pretty crazy.”
By her own admission, Campbell has had a “tough start to the season”, making a top score of only 15 in seven innings.
Campbell (left) with Northern Superchargers team mate Sterre Kalis (right) and Saturday's opponent Sarah Taylor
But that 15 came in the last Diamonds game, against Storm in the Charlotte Edwards T20 Cup at Taunton, earlier this month.
And there were definite signs in that innings that a return to form is just around the corner.
“A lot of it with me is in my head,” she explained. “The skill is there, but I have to be in the right mindset.
“When you’re not scoring as many runs as you’d like, it’s really easy to let your head run away with you.
“But, even though I didn’t score that many runs in the last T20 game at Taunton, I actually felt very confident when I went in there.
“I hit a couple of powerful shots, played my own game and thought, ‘Thank goodness I’ve done that’.
“It showed me that you have to go out there with confidence. If you’re anything less than confident, it won’t work.”
The Welsh Fire will include overseas trio Hayley Matthews (West Indies) and Australians Piepa Cleary and Georgia Redmayne.
But their headline act is England wicketkeeping legend Sarah Taylor, who has just finished a four-game spell playing for the Diamonds.
“Sarah’s coming back. I can’t wait to see her!” added Campbell.
“I learnt a lot from her with the Diamonds.
“But it will definitely be nerve-wracking having her glaring into your back when we’re batting because she’s just so fast behind those stumps.
“It’s all going to be good fun because there are a lot of us who are friends.
“But that will go out of the window when we’re on the field. We’ll just hopefully get to catch up afterwards.”