A Season of Uncertainty: Sydney Thunder’s Sam Bates

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The Sydney Thunder have certainly had one of the more peculiar WBBL07 draws.

The Thunder commenced their WBBL07 campaign on Saturday 16 October with a 30 run loss to the Adelaide Strikers and then had to wait a week for their next scheduled match against the Sydney Sixers. Unfortunately this match was abandoned due to rain. The next day, the Thunder played again and lost by 81 runs to the Perth Scorchers.

Courtney Webb relishing her opportunity up the order

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At just 21 years of age, Courtney Webb from the Melbourne Renegades is just one of a host of younger players that have been given increased opportunity as part of WBBL07.

At the Sydney Thunder, 19-year-old Hannah Darlington has assumed the captaincy and Phoebe Litchfield has been elevated up the order, to third.

True all-rounder: Georgia Voll on playing for the Brisbane Heat while studying for year 12 exams

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Georgia Voll is one of the Brisbane Heat’s brightest young stars. At just 17 years old, the all-rounder is in her second season with the Heat and also made her debut for the Queensland Fire in the WNCL in 2020.

But cricket isn’t the only sport that Voll enjoys.

“When I was younger I played rugby league, but at age 12 we were told that we couldn’t play with the boys anymore, so I had to find a new sport,” said Voll.

Mind blowing quality: new Hurricane Mignon du Preez

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Despite lingering rain and the ongoing threat of COVID trying to prevent the opening weekend of the WBBL taking place, fans were treated to an incredible weekend of cricket featuring a super over win by the Perth Scorchers over the Brisbane Heat, Shafali Verma scoring her first WBBL half century for the Sydney Sixers and an impressive innings from Tahlia McGrath which helped the Adelaide Strikers to a win over the Sydney Thunder.

The cricket was entertaining, skilful and enjoyable. More so when you consider how challenging the lead-up has been for so many players.

For South African international Mignon du Preez, who is playing for the Hobart Hurricanes this summer, she only arrived in Hobart on Thursday with the Hurricanes scheduled to play their first match on Saturday. For du Preez, this meant barely any opportunity for a hit-out prior to the first game and very little time spent with her new team mates.

Maisy just crazy to get back to playing cricket

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There have been times over the last 12 months when Maisy Gibson considered retirement from domestic cricket. Late last year, just ahead of WBBL 06, the Hobart Hurricanes leg-spinner injured her ACL for the third time and required another knee reconstruction.

“When I first found out that I had torn my ACL for the third time, I wondered whether to even bother with the surgery or just call it quits. That’s where I was at physically and emotionally,” said Gibson.

Maitlan Brown hoping to make Aussie debut in series against India

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ollowing a sixth-month break, today the Australian Women’s Cricket team are back in action, taking on India in a series which will include three ODIs, a Test Match and three T20 fixtures.

This will be the first international cricket played in Australia since January and sees some new faces enter the Australian squad including Georgia Redmayne and Stella Campbell. Maitlan Brown has also been recalled. Brown missed the tour of New Zealand in March and April because of a hamstring injury.

Ruth heads to QLD for the first time after a spectacular WNCL season

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WNCL Champions, the Queensland Fire. Photo: Cricket Queensland.

In a dominant display on Saturday at Junction Oval, the Queensland Women defeated the Victoria Women in the 2020/2021 WNCL Final by 112 runs to seal their first ever WNCL finals win.

Led by their captain, Doctor Georgia Redmayne who scored 134 not out off 146 balls, Queensland amassed a huge total of 8-317. This was enough to ensure that Queensland would leave Victoria with the ‘Ruth Preddy Cup’ in tow.