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Nine New WBBL Signings & A Skipper

09 September 2015

Australia international and local WA product Nicole Bolton has been named the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) captain of the Perth Scorchers, while the club has unveiled nine new signings including New Zealand captain Suzie Bates.

Perth Scorchers (WBBL) head coach Mark Atkinson confirmed the signings of Megan Banting, Emma Biss, Piepa Cleary, Heather Graham, Emma King, Chloe Piparo, Nicky Shaw, Jenny Wallace and Bates, leaving one spot remaining in the 14-member squad.

Banting, Cleary, Graham, Piparo, Biss and King all hail from Perth, with the aforementioned quartet recently named in Shooting Stars squads.

Fast bowler Shaw is an ex-England international who won the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup Player of the Final, while Wallace is an experienced wicketkeeper-batsman and former WT20 Player of the Year winner.

Talented all-rounder Bates is the 2013 ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year and the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup Player of the Tournament.

Bolton, 26, has been given the nod to skipper the Scorchers, along with the Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury, for the 2015-16 season having recently returned to WA following one year in Victoria.

The 26-year-old left-handed opener, who was part of Australia’s recent Women’s Ashes triumph, previously captained the Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury for two seasons before her move to Victoria.

“We’re really pleased to have Nicole Bolton as captain as a local Western Australian player,” Atkinson said.

“She’s an outstanding cricketer and an outstanding individual. I can’t think of anyone better to lead a new era for the Perth Scorchers.

“She is someone who I see as a long-term leader for female cricket in Western Australia.”

Bolton, who has played 14 times for her country, said leading her hometown club into its inaugural venture in the WBBL was extremely exciting.

“It’s pretty incredible,” Bolton said. “The inaugural WBBL is going to be huge and to be named captain of the Scorchers is an awesome honour, especially as I’m a local.

“I’m delighted to come back home to Perth in a squad with a lot of home grown talent.

“There’s been a lot of speculation about the WBBL, but now the squads are being announced, it hits home that it’s actually happening and there’s a lot of excitement about it now.”

The addition of big-hitting 27-year-old Bates is a major coup for the Scorchers, given her strong all-round game where she also offers right-arm medium as a bowler.

“Suzie is one of the world’s leading cricketers, so she really strengthens our squad,” Atkinson said.

“We’re delighted to have her. We think what she can bring as a player, with her experience, can complement our local talent, which is really important.

“It’s important out international players not only perform, but help create a great environment where we can build long-term success for Western Australian cricket.”

Bates is the current captain of New Zealand women’s one-day national team, adding more experience to the Scorchers side, and knows Perth well, having been part of the Western Fury set-up for the past three seasons.

"I am very excited about returning to Perth and being part of a star-studded Scorchers team for the inaugural WBBL season,” Bates said.

“I can't wait to play alongside top quality international players from England and Australia and the local talented players.

“It is going to be a very exciting time to be a part of it and I can't wait to contribute the best I can to the team.”

Right-hand bat/wicketkeeper Banting, right-arm fast medium bowler Cleary and right-hand bat Graham are all 19-year-olds who have played for the Shooting Stars.

Piparo is a 21-year-old right-hand bat who has also captained the Shooting Stars, while Biss, 25, is a right-arm medium bowler and King, 23, is a right-arm orthodox spinner.

“These are young players who are really leading the way in women’s cricket in terms of their commitment, enthusiasm and passion to represent and excel for the Perth Scorchers,” Atkinson said.

“Their willingness to make themselves the best cricketers they can be is great. I couldn’t think of a better group of young players to mix with our international superstars.”

Englishwoman Katherine Brunt and Bates will split duties as the side’s second international upon availability alongside Charlotte Edwards.

Current squad: Nicole Bolton (c), Megan Banting, Suzie Bates, Emma Biss, Katherine Brunt, Jess Cameron, Piepa Cleary, Charlotte Edwards, Heather Graham, Emma King, Chloe Piparo, Nicky Shaw, Elyse Villani, Jenny Wallace  

PERTH SCORCHERS WBBL FIXTURES

DATE

OPPONENT

VENUE

Friday, 11 December 2015

Brisbane Heat

TBC, Perth

Saturday, 12 December 2015

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Brisbane Heat

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Hobart Hurricanes

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Hobart Hurricanes

Blacktown International Sportspark

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Sydney Sixers

SCG

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Melbourne Stars

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Melbourne Stars

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Sydney Thunder

#TheFurnace

Monday, 28 December 2015

Sydney Thunder

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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Oval

Friday, 1 January 2016

Adelaide Strikers

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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Melbourne Stars

Adelaide Oval No.2

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Melbourne Stars

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