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Adelaide Strikers release Ben Laughlin and add Harry Conway to Squad for BBL

Phil Salt joins Adelaide Strikers

Adelaide Strikers have released Ben Laughlin from his contract and signed New South Wales paceman Harry Conway as the replacement.

Queensland-based Laughlin, 37, had one season left on his BBL contract but requested a move to be closer to family.  

SACA General Manager, High Performance Tim Nielsen said:

“Ben has been a great bowler for us for a long time so we were disappointed but understood the decision. He has two young boys now and wants to spend more time closer to the family home in Noosa.”

Laughlin has played more BBL matches (75) than any other player and is the League's all-time leading wicket-taker with 95.

Part of the Strikers’ BBL title-winning side in 2018, he took 60 wickets in 50 games for the team after three seasons with Hobart Hurricanes.

Conway, 27, is a 200cm fast bowler who made his first-class debut for New South Wales in 2016.

He was named Player of the Match after taking 10 wickets in the opening round of the Marsh Sheffield Shield and also played against South Australia at Adelaide Oval earlier this month.

Conway was in the Sydney Sixers squad last season but has not made his BBL debut.

“We are excited to sign Harry, we believe he has the potential to develop his T20 skills with us,” Nielsen said.

“There are also more opportunities now for some of our other young bowlers including Wes Agar, Cam Valente and Nick Winter to push for selection.”

Adelaide Strikers BBL|09 squad: Wes Agar, Alex Carey, Harry Conway, Travis Head, Rashid Khan (OS), Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Harry Nielsen, Liam O'Connor, Phil Salt (OS), Matt Short, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Cameron Valente, Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells, Cameron White, Nick Winter.

In: Phil Salt, Cameron White, Harry Nielsen, Harry Conway

Out: Colin Ingram, David Grant, Michael Cormack, Ben Laughlin

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