The bumpy ride into Canberra had Melbourne Stars players reaching for vomit bags, but they're hoping the Sydney Thunder are the ones feeling sick on Wednesday.
The Stars and Thunder arrived in the capital on Tuesday, greeted by howling winds before a standalone women's Big Bash game at Manuka Oval.
Their very different arrivals double as a perfect glance at their respective seasons so far.
The Stars were being thrown around their plane as the wind gusts hit almost 60 kilometres per hour, mirroring their shaky campaign so far with just two wins from 12 games.
The Thunder went for the safety of a bus, although they could still feel the wind whipping across the Hume Highway on the road to what looms as a make or break match.
"It was rough on the way down, we had a few sweaty palms and faces in the vomit bags. I felt sorry for the other passengers," grinned Stars bowler Nicola Hancock.
"It was very bumpy. Half of the plane didn't get their in-flight service. But I was super excited to come home to play at Manuka Oval."
ACT Meteors trio Hancock, Erin Osborne and Madeline Penna will effectively become hometown enemies given the Thunder are the hosts for the Canberra clash.
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The Stars have added Kristen Beams to the 13-strong squad, and Hancock is hoping a last-start win can be the trigger for a late-season charge.
"It's been an up and down season for us. We've been so close in so many games, now it's about focusing on making sure we win the little moments," Hancock said.
The Thunder have enjoyed more success this year, but still need to win the last two games of the regular season to be nay chance of making the play-offs in the first standalone WBBL season.
Teenage all-rounder Hannah Darlington will shoulder a massive load for the Thunder just weeks after finishing her year 12 exams.
The 17-year-old is the side's equal-leading wicket-taker, but Nida Dar's recall for Pakistan duties leaves Darlington as a the attack spearhead.
"It's a must-win match for us. We need some things to go in our favour, but we can only look at what we can control," Darlington said.
"We're trying not to leave it to anyone else. So our focus is on winning, that's what it comes down to.
"The Stars are a dangerous team, they just haven't got the results. Any team can beat anyone in this competition, so we certainly won't be taking them lightly despite where they are on the ladder."
The Thunder will be desperate for a win after a heartbreaking super-over loss against Adelaide on Sunday, with the side boasting former Meteors Sam Bates and Rene Farrell.
Wednesday: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars at Manuka Oval from 2.30pm.