Sydney Thunder leg-spinner Maisy Gibson has signed a new contract for the upcoming Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.
The 20-year old known for her ‘Gibby Shimmy’ wicket celebration has played 12 games for Sydney Thunder, taking 13-wickets.
“I think the competition is getting stronger and stronger,” said Maisy Gibson.
“This year we’ll have a longer lead in to the competition, so we can get together and build our team and relationships, similar to how we did in the first season.”
Gibson was part of the side that won the WBBL|01 final against cross town rivals the Sydney Sixers in January 2016 and is relishing the opportunity to be part of another Sydney Smash.
“Playing the local derby early will be great,” said Gibson.
“We have always drawn a big crowd when we play the Sixers. I know everyone gets amongst it and I really enjoy those games.”
Last year supporters at Spotless Stadium were filmed performing their own ‘Gibby Shimmy’ for the big screen after members of both the club’s BBL and WBBL squads took part in a ‘Gibby Shimmy’ tribute video.
“I think it makes you realise that things you do actually do catch on, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Gibson said.
Sydney Thunder General Manager paid tribute to Gibson’s contribution on and off the field.
"Maisy is a very talented leg spinner and contributes positively to our team culture,” said Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon.
“She has been with us for the last two campaigns and we have been impressed with the hard work she has been putting into her pre-season preparation.”
Sydney Thunder open their Rebel Women’s Big Bash League campaign against the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers on 9 and 10 December at North Sydney Oval.