Sarah Aley admits her bowling action is "still pretty crap" but that isn't hindering the popular Sydney Sixers quick's confidence.
Aley took 2-18 from four overs in the Sixers' big win over Melbourne Stars last week, when Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry again hogged the headlines for their record-breaking, unbeaten 199-run opening stand.
A long-time member of NSW's all-conquering squad, she played two Twenty20s and one 50-over clash for Australia two years ago.
Now 35, Aley tries to play down her impact and longevity but admitted she was feeling good about her bowling.
"My action's still pretty crap but it's just about having a bit more confidence," she said.
"Last year I didn't have the most consistent year and that showed in performances.
"But I did some work in the off-season ... it was pretty satisfying (to play her part in the victory)."
It was an eventful fielding stint for Aley, who had collided with teammate Stella Campbell while both tried unsuccessfully to take a catch.
Campbell then immediately took a catch off Aley's bowling to ease any tension as last season's beaten finalists moved to 4-1 this season.
That loss came at the hands of defending champions Brisbane (3-3), who they will face again at North Sydney Oval on Saturday.
The Heat have struggled to replicate that dominance since and sit one spot back from the Sixers in fourth.
"I think no matter who we were coming up against ... at this point of the season it's going to be a big match," Aley said.
"We are always good for one (big loss), but better it comes at the start of the season and hopefully we can get a leg-up on them this time."