Sydney Thunder has named a 13-player squad for the opening weekend of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League to face the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval.
Thunder Captain Alex Blackwell, who helped Australia to retain the Women's Ashes in November, is excited for the team to be back together for WBBLI03.
“It is a wonderful squad with many of the same faces and a couple of new ones,” said Alex Blackwell
“Just starting to talk about how we want this season to progress, and what we’re all about is really exciting.”
Hannah Darlington and Rachel Trenaman are two of Thunders youngest recruits, both signing their first Women’s Big Bash League contract this season.
“It’s exciting to see a progression from the Thunder Academy with Hannah Darlington moving up into the full-blown Thunder squad,” said Blackwell.
“With Rachel, the fact that she’s from country NSW like I am is great and I would love to see her progress.”
New Zealand wicket-keeper Rachel Priest has also signed on with the Thunder this season, and joins Stafanie Taylor and Harmanpreet Kaur as the Thunder’s third overseas player.
“This season we’re welcoming Rachel Priest into the fold from the Renegades, and also the New Zealand White Ferns,” said Blackwell
“I think she will bring a lot of experience and an aggressive style of cricket.”
Sydney Thunder squad to face the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers:
Alex Blackwell (C)
WBBL|03 will consist of 59 matches across 57 days played at over 20 venues. 12 games will be broadcast on Network Ten and the other 47 live streamed through cricket.com.au, the CA Live app and through the Mamamia website.
Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder, Sat 9 Dec, 1.45pm AEDT, North Sydney Oval
Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, Sun 10 Dec, 2.00pm AEDT, North Sydney Oval
Both games will be broadcast live on Channel Ten and entry is FREE.
Sunday's fixture against the Sixers will be the Sydney Smash - and fans can enjoy family fun activities including music, competitions, face painting and the Mazda Thunder Bus along with members of the club’s BBL side who will be supporting their club mates in the important clash.