The Scorchers will enter their KFC Big Bash League Championship defence again steered by the Club’s most successful and enduring captain Adam Voges, after the veteran was today announced to return for the seventh edition of the competition.
And in a coup for the Club, England’s tearaway quick Katherine Brunt will return for a third stint with the Scorchers, bringing with her World Cup-winning teammate Natalie Sciver, bolstering Perth’s bid for a maiden Rebel Women’s Big Bash League title.
The trio were announced today to help mark the launch of Tickets On Sale for the historic season ahead, which will celebrate the Club’s final BBL season at the WACA Ground, before matches are played at Perth Stadium.
The Scorchers have rapidly become a fan-favourite of the summer calendar, having sold out the past 14-consecutive BBL home matches, and have entrenched themselves as the competition’s most successful Club, having competed five of the BBL’s six deciders, hosting four of them and winning three.
Entry-level ticketing pricing for the Scorchers season remains unchanged at $20 for adults, $5 for children and $42.50 for families (two adults and two children).
The Club has also made the decision to only issue tickets one month out from match-date, as opposed to immediately, in an attempt to protect fans from tickets being sold on the secondary market at inflated prices due to high demand. Ticketmaster is the only authorised seller of Perth Scorchers tickets.
The Scorchers will this summer play more matches than ever before, including hosting a fifth BBL match, with the Boxing Day, 8 January and 20 January matches all W/BBL double-headers.
Each of the Club’s home matches will again carry a theme, with the final regular-season game against the Adelaide Strikers on 25 January a celebration of the past seven seasons at the WACA Ground.
Voges Returns To Defend Championship
Voges, 38, took the reins of the Scorchers from equally-respected Club champion Simon Katich following the BBL|03 title win over the Hobart Hurricanes.
He immediately branded the team with his own mark of success, defending the crown against the Sydney Sixers in Canberra to ensure the Scorchers became the competition’s first back-to-back champions.
Voges then steered the Scorchers to last season’s BBL|06 title, presenting him and the team with an opportunity to recreate history and record another Championship double.
“The opportunity to come back here to #TheFurnace and play in front of big crowds again made it a pretty easy decision to re-sign,” Voges said.
“The success we’ve had over the entire Big Bash has been exciting and lifting the BBL Trophy last year was a highlight of our entire season.
“I think we’ll have an incredibly strong squad.
“One of our big advantages has been the depth of our squad and I’ve got no doubt it’ll be very similar this year.
“We’ve got a big challenge in front of us – there’s seven other very good teams trying to knock us off.
“We understand that we can’t become complacent this season, but I’ve got no doubt that we’ve got a squad that’s capable of having another successful season.”
Perth Scorchers KFC Big Bash League squad: Adam Voges ©, Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Michael Klinger, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Joel Paris, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Sam Whiteman.
England’s Dynamic Duo Bolster Scorchers
The signing of Brunt and Sciver was today accompanied by a host of local signings, edging the Scorchers closer to a complete squad for the WBBL season ahead, with 14 of 15 places filled.
Brunt has starred with the ball for the Scorchers, claiming 26 wickets with best figures of 4-17 across the competition’s first two seasons and was named the Club’s WBBL Player of the Year for both editions of the tournament.
“It was an easy decision to sign with the Scorchers again,” Brunt said.
“I’ve had a fantastic time for the last two years and each year we keep getting better and better so I can’t wait to get back to Perth and play with the Scorchers again.
“I’ve played a lot of T20 competitions but the Big Bash is special; you get to meet a lot of really great, world-class cricketers.
“I’m looking forward to having Meg Lanning with the Scorchers and I always learn a lot from Lisa Keightley.”
All-rounder Sciver solidified her reputation in Australia as a big hitter by becoming the first woman to hit a six in the inaugural WBBL as a member of the Melbourne Stars.
“Hopefully I can contribute batting, bowling and fielding and I can help get some wins on the board,” Sciver said.
“Katherine says the squad is young, but really fun and a great group of girls, so I’m really looking playing with the Scorchers over this Australian summer.”
Perth Scorchers Rebel WBBL squad: Nicole Bolton, Katherine Brunt, Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani, Megan Banting, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Lauren Ebsary, Heather Graham, Mikayla Hinkley, Emma King, Chloe Piparo, Emily Smith.