Sydney Thunder has signed New Zealand international Rachel Priest for the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.
The wicket-keeper joins the club after spending two years at the Melbourne Renegades where she scored 512-runs and made 22 dismissals behind the stumps.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time in the WBBL so far,” said Priest.
“I enjoyed my time at the Melbourne Renegades but I felt it was time for a change and to move to such a professional and competitive team really excites me.
“I’ve played a lot against Alex Blackwell, Rachael Haynes and Rene Farrell. It’s a very exciting squad that also has a lot of young talented players.”
Priest played for the Western Storm in England’s Kia Super League where her 41-ball 72 helped them beat the Southern Vipers in the final to win the competition.
“I think there’s always going to be pressure on the overseas,” said Priest.
“Coming in and joining from elsewhere, but I think it’s a good thing, it means you always have to be on your game and I really enjoy that challenge. I’m joining a quality side and it’s shaping up to be an exciting season.”
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon is looking forward to the New Zealander joining the Thunder Nation.
“I’m very aware of Rachel’s performance both with the White Ferns and at the domestic level in New Zealand,” Germon said.
“She’s a high class quality international cricketer who can win matches with the bat. She’s also a high quality wicket keeper with excellent ability up to the stumps. Her leadership will complement our leadership team within the WBBL side and I look forward to seeing her in the Thunder colours.”
Sydney Thunder open their WBBL|03 campaign against the Melbourne Renegades on 9 December at North Sydney Oval.