Sammy-Jo Johnson takes Breakers reins in Alyssa Healy absence
All-rounder Sammy-Jo Johnson has been named to lead NSW just six games into her Breakers career, taking the reigns from Alyssa Healy who is on international duty.
Johnson, 28, who is from northern NSW but had until this summer played all her senior cricket for Queensland and the Brisbane Heat, will captain a 13-player squad in crucial matches against her former side at North Sydney Oval on Friday and Sunday.
With Healy, Rachael Haynes, Ash Gardner and Hannah Darlington all part of the Australian squad in New Zealand, there are four changes to the Breakers contingent that beat the ACT in back to back matches earlier this month.
Experienced all-rounder Lisa Griffith, keeper/batter Maddy Darke and rising star Phoebe Litchfield all re-join the squad, while Dubbo’s exciting fast bowling prospect Emma Hughes is in line to make her Breakers debut.
Powerful hitting opening bowler Johnson becomes NSW’s 30th women’s captain and said she felt privileged to have been given the honour.
“I have played a lot of cricket in Queensland but I'm very proud to finally be wearing the Baggy Blue because that was a childhood dream," Johnson said.
"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to lead this team and it's something I will treasure.
“These next two matches against Queensland are really important and I believe this squad has the talent and belief to play the brand of cricket we as the Breakers wish to showcase.
"If we put that on the park the results will hopefully lead to us having the opportunity to fight for the trophy in the final."
The Breakers (17 points) currently sit third on the WNCL ladder with three consecutive wins, a tie, three bonus points and two losses from their opening six games. They trail second placed Tasmania by just two points but the Breakers have a game in hand.
Queensland are just a point adrift of NSW in fourth.
NSW Breakers squad for fixtures against the QLD Fire (Friday March 19 and Sunday March 21) at North Sydney Oval:
Dom Thornely (Head Coach)
Ben Sawyer (Assistant Coach)
Mark McInnes (Assistant Coach)
Katie Ryan (Physio)
Sean Hardy (Strength and Conditioning)
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