“I am proud of them”: Renegades coach takes positives from challenging WBBL season

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Melbourne Renegades coach Lachlan Stevens says he’ll remember “being tired and a little stressed” living the ‘hub life’ throughout WBBL06.

“It’s been difficult and a challenge for me personally. I miss my little boy at home. That’s been hard for me from a selfish perspective and feeling bad for not contributing to my family,” Stevens says.

But he will also remember the tremendous commitment of so many people to ensure that the season went ahead – those at Cricket Australia who helped organise the hub, to the staff at the WBBL clubs and all the internationals who have come from overseas to compete.

Laura Wolvaardt focused on improving T20 game

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When Laura Wolvaardt from the Adelaide Strikers is batting, she is hard to miss.

Not only does the South African international have a mane of curly hair, but she has a slightly unconventional batting stance which sees her very animated and moving the bat as she waits for the bowler to bowl their delivery.

“It makes me feel ready when I stand like that,” said Wolvaardt.

Taneale Peschel returns from injury stronger than ever

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After seven matches in WBBL06, all-rounder Taneale Peschel has taken the most wickets for the Perth Scorchers.

In six innings, Peschel has taken six wickets at an average of 5.88 and surprised herself with the success she has had in the tournament so far.

“I’m a little bit shocked myself as to how I have been bowling,” said Peschel.

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.