Sydney Thunder has signed young all-rounder Kate Peterson ahead of the upcoming Rebel Women’s Big Bash League season.
Peterson claimed 11 wickets at an average of 19.73 in her first season of NSW Women’s Premier Cricket last season.
Representing the Cricket Australia XI at the Under 18 National Championships, she claimed 14 wickets at an average of 11.07.
The 16-year-old becomes the second graduate of the Thunder WBBL Academy, alongside Hannah Darlington. As a member of the Academy, she trained alongside the Thunder squad and received specialist one on one training.
Peterson said she’s looking forward to playing alongside her cricket heroes and learning from their experience.
“It’s very exciting. It’s a really good opportunity to play with the big guns that I grew up idolising. To now play alongside them is going to be really cool. I think their experience is something I can learn from and help me grow my game,” Peterson said.
“My favourite player is Alex Blackwell. She leads from the front and she’s so confident and such a nice, caring person on and off the field. It would be pretty incredible to play with her one day.”
Peterson recently joined Penrith in the NSW Premier Cricket competition to play alongside new Thunder teammates Naomi Stalenberg and Lisa Griffith.
Stalenberg said she’s excited to welcome Peterson to Thunder and believes she will form an important part of the future success of the club.
“She’s a really talented cricketer, a hard worker and is really willing to learn. I think she’s going to be a really good role model for young girls coming through, she’s quite young but she’s already show what sort of person and player she wants to be,” Stalenberg said.
Cricket NSW Female Talent Manager Steve Jenkin said this experience will have a positive impact on her development as a player.
“Kate has a big future. She has shown through the underage competitions that she has a lot of ability and potential and I think she’ll learn a lot from being part of Sydney Thunder this season,” Jenkin said.
This announcement follows the signing of exciting wicketkeeper-batter Tahlia Wilson earlier this month, as well the re-signing of stars Alex Blackwell, Rene Farrell and Rachael Haynes.
Sydney Thunder is set to open the first ever standalone WBBL season with a blockbuster Sydney Smash against crosstown rivals the Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval on Friday 18 October.
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