Sydney Thunder has signed Saskia Horley on a three-year deal ahead of the upcoming Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.
The 18-year old is an impressive young all-rounder, captaining the Australian Under 19’s Twenty20 squad earlier this year in South Africa.
This is Horley’s first WBBL contract after transitioning through the Cricket NSW pathway program.
“I’m really excited. I wasn’t contracted last year and watched the girls play on all sides, so it is really exciting now to have the chance to hopefully debut this year and have the chance to be on TV is pretty exciting.” said Saskia Horley.
“I’m an off spinner so I bat depending on the team I’m in, but I’d say middle to low order. I’ll be looking to turn the ball as much as possible and would say probably my opportunity is in bowling.”
Horley is contracted to the NSW Breakers in the Women’s National Cricket League and also plays for Gordon Cricket Club in the First Grade Sydney Cricket Association Women’s competition, picking up 2-23 in her first game of the season against Penrith.
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon said he was looking forward to seeing Horley continue her development as part of the Thunder Nation.
"Saskia has shown herself to be a cricketer with not only talent but the character that is important when we select players to represent our Thunder Nation," said Lee Germon.
"Saskia will learn plenty and develop significantly by being part of our squad that contains not only some of Australia’s but the world’s best players.”
Sydney Thunder's WBBL|04 campaign commences on 2 December against the Melbourne Renegades at Junction Oval.
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