Finishing fifth in the premier women’s national 50-over competition, the Meteors recorded four impressive wins from their eight games, beating Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and eventual champions Western Australia.
“For 13 of the Meteors squad to have been selected for WBBL|06 is a fantastic achievement for all involved,” said Cricket ACT’s General Manager – High Performance Olivia Thornton. “It goes to show the strength and depth we’re developing as a group and we’re really proud to have so many players represented at this level”.
Abode Hotels ACT Meteors Captain, leg spinning allrounder and two-time WBBL winner Angela Reakes returns to the WBBL for her fifth season after missing WBBL|05 due to a serious Achilles tendon injury sustained in preseason. Reakes re-joins the Sixers, where her WBBL career began, after two years with the Melbourne Stars.
18-year-old Olivia Porter has received her first WBBL contract, signing with the Sydney Thunder. The call up builds on a hugely promising 12 months for the allrounder in which she has also signed with the ACT Meteors for the 20/21 season and led her side to the NSW Women’s Premier Cricket First Grade T20 title in the 19/20 season.
Nicola Hancock has signed with defending champions Brisbane Heat in their hunt for a hat trick of WBBL titles. WBBL|06 will be Hancock’s fifth WBBL campaign having previously turned out for the Stars and the Hurricanes.
Having just celebrated her maiden call up to the Australia squad for the ongoing home series against New Zealand, Maitlan Brown returns to the Melbourne Renegades for WBBL|06. Playing all 15 games in WBBL|05, the Meteors star snared 16 wickets at 22.12 and an economy of 7.32.
Fast bowler Carly Leeson re-joins the Melbourne Renegades looking to build on her WBBL|05 experience in which she made 11 appearances for the Melbourne team, taking 3 wickets. Abode Hotels ACT Meteors new recruit Rebecca Carter will join Amy Yates as a replacement player for the Renegades. Whilst Yates has been involved with the WBBL previously, this will be the first time Carter has been involved in the WBBL competition.
Australia, Abode Hotels ACT Meteors and WBBL Veteran Erin Osborne returns to the Stars for her fourth season with the Melbourne side. Too many to mention in full, Osborne’s career achievements including over 100 international wickets, winning WBBL|01 (claiming player of the match in that final) and being named Melbourne Stars women’s player of the season in WBBL|03.
WNCL Abode Hotels ACT Meteors wicketkeeper Erica Kershaw signs for the Hobart Hurricanes after three seasons with the Melbourne Renegades. Kershaw enjoyed a successful 19-20 WNCL season, scoring two key half-centuries including an unbeaten 52 to steer her side home in a tricky chase against South Australia.
Madeline Penna signs for the Adelaide Strikers after her breakthrough WBBL|05 with the Melbourne Stars. Joining the Stars as a replacement player, Penna took 10 wickets in 10 matches, including the best individual bowling performance of WBBL|05, taking 4/20.
Katie Mack is returning to the Adelaide Strikers for WBBL|06 having helped her side to last season’s final. Mack has appeared in every WBBL to date, scoring 902 runs in 69 matches. She was the fourth highest run scorer in the most recent WNCL with 295 and received the player of the match award in last season’s WNCL, with her 72 (97) steering her side home against eventual champions Western Australia.
For Abode Hotels ACT Meteors head coach Jono Dean, the selections are a big opportunity: “These selections are well deserved after performances in the WNCL and WBBL|05. Getting this kind of recognition is an achievement in itself, but more importantly for us as a group, it’s chance for the players to access more and different coaching, more playing opportunities, and hopefully to keep pushing for those higher honours.”
Off the back of a strong preseason, Gabby Sutcliffe joined the ACT Meteors squad as an official training partner. Gabby has had several strong years coming through the ACT/NSW country pathway and joins Sydney Thunder as a replacement player.
Chloe Rafferty has recently relocated to the ACT to join the ACT Meteors squad as an official training partner. Chloe joins the Hobart Hurricanes squad for the 20/21 WBBL campaign after 6 appearances in WBBL|05 for the Melbourne Stars.
For Abode Hotels ACT Meteors head coach Jono Dean, the selections are a big opportunity: “These selections are well deserved after performances in the WNCL and WBBL|05. Getting this kind of recognition is an achievement in itself, but more importantly for us as a group, it’s chance for the players to access more and different resources, more playing opportunities, and showcase their quality skills that will have them pushing for those higher honours.” Jono also takes up a new role as assistant coach to Thunder head coach Trevor Griffin, bringing invaluable experience from his extensive playing and coaching career.