The Hurricanes post their first win of WBBL06

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Sasha Moloney’s love of cricket has taken her all over the world to play, including Ireland and the Netherlands.

From May to August in 2015, Moloney was part of the Typhoons team in the Cricket Ireland Women’s Super Threes series. That competition involved 50-over and T20 matches.

Sydney sunshine means Sophie finally has her Day

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Sophie Day was a latecomer to cricket.

After playing hockey for many years growing up, Day decided to put down the hockey stick as she approached her final years of school. Her mum was insistent that she continue to play some sport while she studied, so Day decided to take up cricket.

No more school distractions for Sixers speedster Stella Campbell

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Unfortunately, the Sydney Sixers’ opening four games in the WBBL have all been impacted by rain.

With two games completely abandoned without a ball being bowled and the remaining two being decided by the Duckworth Lewis system, it’s been a frustrating beginning to the tournament.

Despite this, after the weekend’s fixtures, the Sixers were second on the WBBL leader board behind cross-town rivals the Sydney Thunder after winning both games they have managed to get on the field for.

Lisa Griffith finds new confidence at the Sydney Sixers

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At the end of each WBBL season, there is no higher accolade than being named in the WBBL team of the tournament.

Last year’s team was star-studded and included the WBBL05 player of the tournament, Sophie Devine, who had an incredible season for the Adelaide Strikers, scoring 699 runs at 77.66 and taking 16 wickets at 20.25.

But 2020 has been a wacky year and while players are still aspiring to make the team of the tournament, there’s a new accolade in town: village mayor of the WBBL hub.

Wellington ready for fun during WBBL06

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For Adelaide Strikers leg spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington, WBBL06 is about having fun, enjoying her cricket again and having her best season to date.

Despite being just 23 years old, Wellington has been playing elite cricket for eight years. In fact, just this week, Facebook reminded her that she received her WNCL cap eight years ago. At just 15 years of age, Wellington was the youngest person ever to represent South Australia in senior cricket.

During those eight years there have been plenty of highs, including selection into the Australian women’s cricket team in 2016, taking a wicket with her first delivery on the international stage and during the Ashes series in 2017 bowling a ball that was dubbed ball of the century.

Tammy Beaumont ready to open the batting for the Sydney Thunder

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Whilst for many Sydney-siders the persistent rain over the last week has come as a surprise, for Tammy Beaumont, one of the Sydney Thunder’s newest recruits for WBBL06, the rain seems all too familiar.

“I haven’t played a game in Sydney this year,” said Beaumont.

Despite the pandemic impacting international travel significantly, Beaumont’s arrival in Sydney for the WBBL was her second visit to Australia this year. Beaumont was a key part of the England Women’s Cricket team that came to contest the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup in February and March and unfortunately, for the English team, their campaign was brought to a devastating halt by the rain.

Courtney Neale snares her first WBBL wicket

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According to the players in the WBBL village, there is plenty to do. There’s a golf simulator, table tennis, a barista and plenty of delicious food, but for Courtney Neale, one thing is missing.

“I am trying to get a therapy dog or therapy dogs into the hub,” Neale says.

“While I think I have a couple of people on board, I’m not sure it is logistically possible.”

Ferling good! Holly confident the Stars can snare a WBBL top-four finish

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The Melbourne Stars are the only team in the WBBL not to have featured in the finals yet.

But with the return of Meg Lanning for WBBL06, the addition of internationals like Katherine Brunt and Natalie Sciver, and some young guns to keep an eye on like Sophie Day and Tess Flintoff this might be their year.

Unfortunately for the Stars, like several other teams, the season has not gone as planned with both their initial games being abandoned due to wet weather.

Lauren Smith joins new-look Sydney Thunder for WBBL06

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Fans of the Sydney Thunder Women’s Big Bash League team owe captain Rachael Haynes a thank you.

According to new recruit Lauren Smith, it was Haynes that convinced her to join the black and lime green for WBBL06.

“I have been at the Sydney Sixers for five years now and I didn’t really want to leave New South Wales,” said Smith.

Belinda Vakarewa rewarded with return to Aussie squad

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speak with Belinda Vakarewa a couple of hours before she is due to board a plane from Tasmania to the Brisbane bubble to join the remainder of her teammates from the Australian women’s cricket team ahead of the upcoming series against New Zealand.

After a year like no other, Vakarewa is excited about the prospect of joining her teammates and just playing some cricket.