Getting to know Kristen Beams from the Melbourne Stars

It’s been a busy few weeks for Kristen Beams who is now getting ready to run out with the Melbourne Stars for WBBL02 following her role in the Southern Stars inaugural ICC Women’s ODI Championship.

You might know that Kirsten Beams debuted for the Southern Stars in September 2014 against Pakistan. You might also know that Kristen is a leg spinner and has the second best bowling figures in WNCL history, taking 6-20 for the ACT in 2011-2012.

7 reasons to be excited about WBBL02

 

There are some things that just go together.

Take vegemite and toast. Or shoes and socks. Or Kermit and Miss Piggy.

Something else that just goes together is summer and cricket.

While the international season has well and truly started, in seven days’ time WBBL02 begins and the Sydney Thunder have a date with the Melbourne Stars at 6.15pm at North Sydney Oval. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you there.

Horror in Hobart

It’s been a few days, and the haze of exhaustion and disappointment are starting to lift. I am keeping a close eye on this round of Sheffield Shield with great interest. I am also following the speculation regarding who the new Chairman of Selectors will be. (I’m just going to jump on Team Steve Waugh while we’re here). But to return to the matter at hand, the Hobart Test, which catapulted Australian Cricket into its current state.

Ladies who Legspin catches up with Jess Cameron

As we edge closer and closer towards the end of the year, that means we are edging closer and closer to the launch of the AFL women’s competition set to begin in February 2017.

In June, it was announced that 8 clubs were successful in obtaining a licence to have a women’s team in the inaugural competition.  These teams were the Fremantle Dockers, Carlton Football Club, the GWS Giants, the Brisbane Lions, the Adelaide Crows, Collingwood Football Club, the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs.

Sensationalised media headlines

One day I hope to write an article or two that are about cheerful things that have inspired me to pen a passionate epistle. But not today. It just seems to be that I become inspired when I’m riled up.

So, first things first (I’m the realest)…I’m glad Australia won the second T20 against South Africa. It’s always good to have at least one win leading into a tournament, even if it is the T20 World Cup. (I mean, let’s be honest, it doesn’t have the cache of the ODI World Cup or say, the Ashes). 

A catch up with Claire Polosak: An umpire during BBL05 / WBBL01

It’s over. It’s done. Finished. The end. Following the final T20 game between Australia and India on 31 January 2016, the gates to the Sydney Cricket Ground have now shut and the sun has set on another tremendous summer of cricket. But not to worry – from my estimate it is only about 10 months before we can start talking about BBL06 and WBBL02.

There have been some very special moments this summer. Names that instantly come to mind are Elyse Perry, Alex Blackwell, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Brad Hodge, Andre Russell and Usman Khawaja.

Two teams. Two trophies. One Club.

I now have a much better understanding on how the universe works. For the last 5 years, Sydney Thunder fans have looked at the Big Bash table, wondering why it couldn’t be our team playing in the finals. Why we hadn’t won a Premiership. Wondering when our moment in the sun would come.

And yesterday our moment in the sun finally came. I am calling it destiny that the Sydney Thunder have made history. We will go down in history as the first winners of the inaugural WBBL competition and by being the first BBL franchise to win both the men and women’s competition in the same year. It’s been worth the wait.