Mooney, who is set to play a key role for Australia in the Women’s Ashes series in October, has agreed to a three-year deal with the WBBL Heat.
This is the first year that WBBL players could sign contracts longer than one year and the 23-year-old wicket-keeper/batter was a priority signing for the Heat, which made the semi-finals last summer.
Mooney, who grew up in Hervey Bay, has been Brisbane’s player of the year for the first two WBBL tournaments and excelled last summer when she blasted 482 runs at an average of 43.81 and a sizzling strike-rate of 115.58.
The talented keeper also snared 12 dismissal with a remarkable incredible 10 stumpings. She scored five half centuries and won player of the match award in four games during the season, a feat equalled only by Meg Lanning, the Australia captain.
The highlight of Mooney's season was her superb unbeaten knock of 75 in a must-win match against the Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba.Mooney, who hit two half centuries during the recent Women’s World Cup in England, said she was thrilled to commit to the Heat for the long term.
“I’ve loved being a part of the WBBL in the first two years and can’t wait to be a part of it again with the Heat,’’ she said.
“It’s an exciting time for women’s cricket and women’s sport in general. The WBBL is attracting new fans and providing women and girls with the incentive and inspiration to go out and enjoy the game.
“ I’ve been fortunate to experience that first hand with the Australian team, the Heat and the Queensland Fire and as players, it is very heartening to see the response we get.”
Heat coach Peter McGiffin welcomed Mooney as the club’s first major signing announcement for WBBL|03.
“It’s been brilliant to see Beth go from strength to strength over the past few years to the point where she is one of our country’s premier players, especially in the WBBL where she has been a stand-out,’’ he said.
“She sets an outstanding example to other players with her work ethic and her determination to be better at everything she does. I’m looking forward to working closely with her as we get nearer to the season and our squad takes shape.”
The WBBL Heat will finalise their squad of 15 players leading into the December series.Under the new Memorandum of Understanding between Cricket Australia and with the players, WBBL clubs can now sign players to multi-year deals for the first time.