Five New Adelaide Strikers Named for Opening Weekend

Five New Adelaide Strikers Named for Opening Weekend
Five New Adelaide Strikers Named for Opening Weekend
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Five players have been named as potential Adelaide Strikers debutantes for the first weekend of rebel WBBL|05.

West Indian import Stafanie Taylor and former Melbourne Star Katie Mack are expected to be named in the final XI, while locals Annie O’Neil, Darcie Brown and Ellie Falconer are all in contention for selection.

The Strikers have named a 14-player squad for the first two matches, with the group differing slightly between the two days.

Uncapped quick Ellie Falconer will be included in the 13 for Saturday’s match, while teenager Darcie Brown will replace Falconer in the squad on Sunday.

In a historic move for the competition this weekend’s matches will be played in a standalone window for the women’s tournament.

Strikers Head Coach Luke Williams is thrilled to see the women in the spotlight.

“The standalone comp is going to be fantastic for the competition and cricket generally,” Williams said.

“I’m really looking forward to the women receiving the opportunity to get the coverage that they deserve, and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve over the course of the next couple of months.”

After back-to-back wins against the ICC Global Development Squad last week in Melbourne, the side has enjoyed a long lead-in to the competition together.

“It was great to get most of the group together with 10 days or so before we kick off against the Melbourne Renegades this weekend,” said Williams.

“Megan Schutt and Stafanie Taylor joined us at the start of this week and it’s been exciting having the whole group in one place.

“I’m really excited about the season ahead, I’m really happy with the list that we’ve assembled and I feel like our best cricket will be able to challenge any team that we come up against.

“Our goal is absolutely to be making finals this year.”

The Strikers host the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm at Karen Rolton Oval (opposite the RAH). Entry is free!

Matches can be live-streamed on KAYO, cricket.com.au and the CA Live App.

Saturday 19 October squad

Suzie Bates (c)
Sophie Devine
Tahlia McGrath
Stafanie Taylor
Bridget Patterson
Katie Mack
Annie O’Neil
Tegan McPharlin
Sarah Coyte
Amanda-Jade Wellington
Alex Price
Megan Schutt
Ellie Falconer

Sunday 20 October squad

Suzie Bates (c)
Sophie Devine
Tahlia McGrath
Stafanie Taylor
Bridget Patterson
Katie Mack
Annie O’Neil
Tegan McPharlin
Sarah Coyte
Amanda-Jade Wellington
Alex Price
Megan Schutt
Darcie Brown

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