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Thunder name squad to face Hurricanes

01 November 2019

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Two WBBL|05 fixtures in Burnie this weekend

Penrith's Samantha Arnold will travel to Tasmania with the Sydney Thunder squad for this weekend's round of Rebel Women’s Big Bash League matches in Burnie.


Arnold received the call to pack her bags because talented 16-year-old Kate Peterson has been ordered to rest after she suffered a concussion when her helmet was struck by the ball in last weekend's round of grade cricket.

Arnold, who captains Penrith, has established a reputation as an exciting run scorer. She finished last summer with the second highest number of runs in the Combined First and Second grade T20 competition with 287 at the phenomenal strike rate of almost 200.

She joins a Thunder squad which proved it's mettle by winning two tight matches against the Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars in Sydney last weekend. 

The team from western Sydney will face three former teammates – Nicola Carey, Belinda Vakarewa and Maisy Gibson – who joined the Hurricanes during the off-season.

While their presence adds a lot to the two matches at Burnie's West Park, Thunder Head Coach Trevor Griffin made it clear his players won't be focusing on them.

"It adds a little bit of spice to the contests, and I dare say the three girls will be looking forward to playing against us and showing how, perhaps, they've progressed," said Griffin.

"But we're wanting to go to Tasmania and silence them.

"It's more about us. I'm focused on what we do rather than get hung up on the others."

Griffin also finds himself coaching against two players he guided to back-to-back championship titles at the Western Storm in England's T20 domestic competition.

"Fran Wilson and Heather Knight are experienced internationals who have a serious quality about their game," said Griffin of the Hurricane's English imports.

"The Hurricanes started off their campaign well but had two losses on the weekend, so we know they're going to want to get back to their winning ways.

"They're going to be tough games, but we're certainly up for it. We're in a great place at the moment."

Eighteen-year-old Rachel Trenaman will miss this weekend's matches after being given time off by Thunder's management to concentrate on her Year 12 exams, while fast bowler Lisa Griffith has been rested.

Thunder play the Hurricanes at West Park Oval in Burnie on Saturday 2 November (2pm) and at the same venue on Sunday 3 November (11am).

Both matches will be streamed live on and Kayo.

WBBL Squad v Hurricanes (November 2) and Stars (November 3)

Rachael Haynes (C)

Samantha Arnold

Samantha Bates

Alex Blackwell

Nida Dar

Hannah Darlington

Rene Farrell

Saskia Horley

Shabnim Ismail

Phoebe Litchfield

Rachel Priest

Naomi Stalenberg

Tahlia Wilson

WBBL|05 Tickets:

Friday 15 November | Vs Sydney Sixers | Drummoyne Oval | 7.10PM

Saturday 16 November | Vs Brisbane Heat | Drummoyne Oval | 7.10PM

Wednesday 27 November | Vs Melbourne Stars | Manuka Oval | 2.30PM

Wednesday 20 November | Vs Adelaide Strikers | North Dalton Park | 2.30PM