Heat Finalise WBBL Squad with Allrounder Maddy Green
The WBBL Brisbane Heat have completed their recruiting for the historic stand-alone rebel Women’s Big Bash League next month with New Zealand White Ferns allrounder Maddy Green joining the club.
The signature of the 26-year-old from Wellington Blaze rounds off the Heat squad, with the WBBL kicking off at North Sydney Oval on 18 October.
A hard-hitting right-hand bat and right-arm off-spin bowler, Green joins fellow NZ White Ferns recruit Amelia Kerr in the Heat squad for WBBL|05.
Green, who earned the 2017-18 national domestic batting award, caught the eye last year with a dashing 121 off 77 balls as New Zealand amassed a record 4-491 against Ireland in Dublin.
She made her T20 International debut as a 19-year-old, playing in a memorable win for the White Ferns over Australia in Sydney, and made her ODI debut two years later. She is currently vice-captain of New Zealand.
A graduate of Auckland University, she works as an Institutional Banking Analyst for ANZ Bank away from cricket.
WBB Heat coach Ashley Noffke said Green brought experience and leadership to the group in addition to her playing skills.
“She’s a very versatile cricketer who can fill several roles for us and her international experience will complement our squad nicely,” he said.
“Maddy has been vice-captain of the White Ferns and captained teams domestically, and her leadership and commitment to the teams she has been a part of were highlighted to us when we began the recruiting process.”
Noffke said he was looking forward to bringing the Heat squad together in the coming weeks.
“We’re really excited about what lies ahead. Our Australian players Beth Mooney, Jess Jonassen and Delissa Kimmince are doing great things for the national side and the Queensland girls have put in a lot of hard work during the off-season to get us to the eve of the tournament in good shape,” Noffke said.
WBBL|05 BRISBANE HEAD SQUAD
10. Kirby Short (c)
23. Haidee Birkett
5. Maddy Green (international)
17. Grace Harris
4. Laura Harris
14. Mikayla Hinkley
58. Sammy-Jo Johnson
21. Jessica Jonassen
48. Amelia Kerr (international)
11. Delissa Kimmince
88. Charli Knott
56. Lilly Mills
6. Bethany Mooney
16. Georgia Prestwidge
37. Courtney Sippel
Tickets are on sale now for WBBL Brisbane Heat home games at Allan Border Field with the Heat taking on the Perth Scorchers on 26 October, the Hobart Hurricanes on 27 October and Melbourne Renegades on 27 November.
WBBL Heat tickets at Allan Border Field are $10 for adults, $5 for concession with children admitted with a free ticket available at the point of purchase.
The WBBL Heat will again play two matches at Great Barrier Reef Arena at Harrup Park in Mackay this season, following on from the success of the past two years where the WBBL games have attracted sell-out crowds.
Brisbane will take on the Adelaide Strikers on 2 and 3 November in Mackay, with both matches being free admission.
The WBBL season will commence under lights at North Sydney Oval on October 18 and end with the Grand Final on Sunday December 8.
Brisbane's first game is a repeat of the WBBL|04 Final against the Sydney Sixers on Saturday 19 October at North Sydney Oval which will be broadcast live on Seven and FOX Cricket.
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