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Scorchers Lock Down Local Superstars

14 August 2019

Squads have landed

The Perth Scorchers are pleased to announce their squads for the historic standalone rebel Women’s Big Bash League season and the ninth instalment of the KFC Big Bash League.

The Scorchers have secured the services of talented all-rounder Heather Graham as well as England internationals Natalie Sciver and Amy Jones.

After finishing as last season’s equal leading wicket-taker and Domestic Player of the Year, Graham is set to delight fans with bat and ball for another three seasons.

Superstar all-rounder Sciver returns to Perth after playing a pivotal role in helping the Scorchers reach the WBBL Grand Final in 2017-18. Her talented wicketkeeper-batter compatriot, Jones burst onto the scene last season, and the pair will once again be crucial to the Scorchers finals aspirations.

Former Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper-batter Georgia Redmayne will be a welcome addition this season. Having scored nearly 800 WBBL runs, the 25-year-old will further strengthen the Scorchers middle order.

Head Coach Lisa Keightley said it was great to be able to secure Graham’s sought after signature as well as welcoming back one of the best players in the world.

“Heather has had her best year to date. I think it is really exciting for our club to have home grown talent signing on for another three years. She’s become a real match winner and shows great maturity for a young player,” Keightley said.

“It’s exciting for the competition to have a world class talent like Nat Sicver back in Scorchers colours. She made a huge impact for us two seasons ago, so to have a genuine impact player back in the squad is awesome.

“Amy is a very exciting player and every year she is improving on the international stage. I think we’re yet to see the best of Amy, and I am confident she will put her stamp on the WBBL this year.”

The Scorchers have also bolstered their bowling stocks, with adopted West Aussie Kath Hempenstall and South Australian Samantha Betts committing for this season.

Fellow West Aussies Mathilda Carmichael, Emma King, Taneale Peschel and Chloe Piparo have also re-committed for the upcoming season.

A strong Western Australian flavour will remain in the 2019-20 BBL side, which features 14 of the best home grown players.

Talented wicketkeeper-batters Josh Inglis and Sam Whiteman have re-signed for another two seasons in orange, with the pair to provide invaluable depth not only behind the stumps but as batters in their own right.

Exciting all-rounder Aaron Hardie has inked a three year deal with the Scorchers, choosing to stay in Perth after attracting strong interest from rival clubs. The 20-year-old made two appearances last season and will provide plenty of headaches for opposition teams with his fast bowling and power hitting.

Nick Hobson has been rewarded for some strong performances with the bat during the 2018-19 campaign, the Claremont-Nedlands product has signed on for one year.

Head Coach Adam Voges said he was pleased with how the squad has come together, with three spots still to fill.

“The depth of talent we have in WA will be on show again. We have a good core of senior players with the likes of Mitch Marsh, Ashton Turner and Cameron Bancroft who’ll provide important guidance for our exciting group of young guys coming through.

“Some of our senior players have been playing well over in the UK, Jason Behrendorff was very impressive during the World Cup.

“Ashton Agar and Andrew Tye have performed well in the Vitality Blast T20 competition, I’m confident they’ll all be primed for a big season.

“We have three more spots on the list to fill, including our overseas players, and those conversations have been progressing very well.”

This year there is a number of ways for fans to get involved in a Scorchers game. Tickets for both men’s and women’s matches go on sale today, along with four and seven game membership packages. For all the information head to perthscorchers.com.au

WBBL


Jemma Barsby (new)
Samantha Betts (new)
Nicole Bolton
Mathilda Carmichael
Piepa Cleary
Heather Graham
Kath Hempenstall (new)
Amy Jones
Emma King
Meg Lanning
Taneale Peschel
Chloe Piparo
Georgia Redmayne (new)
Nat Sciver (new)

BBL


Fawad Ahmed (new)
Ashton Agar
Jason Behrendorff
Cameron Bancroft
Cameron Green
Aaron Hardie (new)
Nick Hobson (new)
Josh Inglis
Matt Kelly
Mitch Marsh
Joel Paris
Jhye Richardson
Ashton Turner
Andrew Tye
Sam Whiteman