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Sydney Thunder names squad for Strikers clash

Sydney Thunder names squad for Strikers clash
Sydney Thunder names squad for Strikers clash
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Tahlia Wilson will miss Sydney Thunder’s opening match of their Weber WBBL|07 campaign with a minor leg injury, and will be replaced by Tasmanian-based player, Emily Smith, in Saturday night’s match against the Adelaide Strikers.

The competition’s defending champions have called Smith in under the WBBL’s local replacement player rules for Saturday’s match at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (starting from 7.05pm).

Thunder’s coach Trevor Griffin described Wilson’s injury as ‘minor,’ but he preferred to play on the side of caution.

“It’s only a mild strain, but with a dense competition ahead of us we decided not to take any risk with it,” he said. “Tahlia will be a bad loss for us, she brings so much to the team, but we think sitting her out for one game is a great course of action.”

“Emily is a wicketkeeper from Tasmania. She’s a great character, and will add to our group – and she’s tidy behind the stumps.”

Smith described her opportunity to play for the defending champions as ‘crazy’.

“It’s been a crazy 16 hours,” she said. “I was in the Hurricane’s squad [of 13] and today I’m with Sydney Thunder. It’s incredible! However, I’m grateful for the opportunity Thunder has presented, and I’m grateful the Hurricanes have agreed to let me play.”

Thunder’s physiotherapist Katie Ryan said Wilson was responding well to her treatment.

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Player Name

Last Name

Junior Club

34

Samantha

Bates

  Wallsend JCC

25

Hannah

Darlington

  St Clair Hawks JCC

12

Jess

Davidson

 Tamworth Junior Cricket

29

Corinne

Hall

  Dora Creek Workers Club JCC

58

Sammy-Jo

Johnson

  St Pats U/12s Boys Team, Albury JCC

4

Anika

Learoyd

  Northern Districts JCC, Woolgoolga

36

Phoebe

Litchfield

  Kinross Wolaroi School team

81

Smriti

Mandhana

  Maharashtra U/15s (aged 9)        

33

Kate

Peterson

  Castle Hill RSL JCC

14

Olivia

Porter

  Ryde-Hunters Hill Pirates JCC

24

Deepti

Sharma

  Uttar Pradesh

3

Emily

Smith

  Sunshine JCC

2

Lauren

Smith

  Umina District JCC

8

Issy

Wong

  Knowle & Dorridge CC           

 

 

 

 

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Sydney Thunder WBBL Squad

Head Coach: Trevor Griffin

Contracted for WBBL|07: Rachael Haynes (C), Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington, Jess Davidson, Corinne Hall, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Smriti Mandhana (IND), Kate Peterson, Olivia Porter, Deepti Sharma (IND), Lauren Smith, Tahlia Wilson, Issy Wong (ENG)