Brisbane Heat Size Up BBL Rookie teenage pace bowler Matt Willans
The Brisbane Heat are hoping towering teenage pace bowler Matt Willans may one day help them reach great heights.
Willans, 19, will spend a second season on the Heat books as their Development Rookie contracted player with Brisbane coach Darren Lehmann excited to work with the 205cm left-arm paceman.
“He’s a very good athlete for such a big man and I think we will both get a lot out of him being around the group,’’ he said.
“The rookie role is one that I am pretty passionate about. Looking after young players now can pay off down the track as they make the transition from Pathways and Premier Cricket into higher levels.
“He’s a fine young man and we are very pleased to welcome him back to the club. I only heard good reports about him from last season so it was a pretty easy decision to sign him up again
"I'm sure working with James Hopes and Ryan Harris around the training group will help him improve his skills,” Lehmann said.
The University of Queensland product will celebrate his signing in Perth where he is a key member of the Queensland under-19 team at the national titles that gets underway on Monday, with the prospect of winning selection in the Australian squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa in February.
Heat coaching assistant Ryan Harris will be coach of the Australian Under-19s for the World Cup.
Willans, a rookie-contracted player with the Queensland Bulls, received the Bill Brown Medal from the Carbine Club earlier this month as acknowledgement of his potential.
He will train with the Heat squad and be involved around the team on home match days as part of his role as a rookie player.
With 19 days to go until the Heat’s opening game on 17 December against the Sydney Thunder at the Gabba, Brisbane have two signings remaining to announce to complete their 18-player squad.
Ticket prices for Heat home games have again been maintained at family-friendly level, with adults from $22, kids from $8 and a family from just $48 for two adults and two children.*
Tickets are on sale through Ticketek.com.au Fans are urged to pre-purchase to ensure they don’t miss out on being part of the electric atmosphere at a Heat BBL game with fireworks, family entertainment and non-stop action.
The Heat has announced the following contracted players for BBL|09 - Chris Lynn, Tom Banton (international), AB de Villiers (international), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (international), Zahir Khan (International), Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Renshaw, Josh Lalor, Mitch Swepson, Jack Prestwidge, Mark Steketee, Jimmy Peirson, Marnus Labuschagne
Rookie: Matt Willans
BBL|09 Brisbane Heat BBL Games - (all times listed Qld time)
Tuesday 17 Dec: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder, Gabba 6.10pm
Friday 20 Dec: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, Metricon Stadium 6.10pm
Sunday 22 Dec: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, SCG 6.10pm
Wed 1 Jan: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, Metricon Stadium 6.10pm
Friday 3 Jan: Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, Blundstone Arena 6.10pm
Monday 6 Jan: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, Spotless Stadium 6.10pm
Thursday 9 Jan: Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, Gabba 6.10pm
Saturday 11 Jan: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, Optus 8.10pm
Tuesday 14 Jan: Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers, Gabba 2.40pm
Friday 17 Jan: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, Adelaide Oval 2.40pm
Sunday 19 Jan: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, Gabba 6.10pm
Thursday 23 Jan: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers, Gabba 6.10pm
Saturday 25 Jan: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat, MCG 5.40pm
Mon 27 Jan: Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, Marvel Stadium 1.45pm
Thursday, 30 January 2020 4th vs. 5th
Friday, 31 January 2020 1st vs. 2nd
Saturday, 1 February 2020 3rd vs. Winner of The Eliminator
Thursday, 6 February 2020 Loser of the Qualifier vs. Winner of The Knockout
Saturday, 8 February 2020 Winner of the Qualifier vs. Winner of The Challenger
* Prices quoted are in relation to tickets purchased at the gate of Brisbane Heat BBL home games. Tickets purchased online attract a per transaction agency fee.