The Heat have re-signed allrounder Sammy-Jo Johnson and medium pacer Haidee Birkett as well as secured the prized signature of rising star Josie Dooley for WBBL|04.
The trio have distinguished themselves in the opening rounds of the Women’s National Cricket League with Johnson and Dooley combining for a match-winning partnership against NSW last week and Birkett leading a determined fightback against the ACT Meteors.
Johnson hit a counter-attacking 67 from 90 balls as she and second-gamer Dooley (52no) combined for a 115-run stand that rescued the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire from a precarious 6-18.
It was easily her highest WNCL score and came off the back of a fine 2-24 from seven overs in the NSW innings.
Johnson, who has taken 15 wickets in her 30 WBBL games, has agreed to a new two-year deal with Brisbane.
Dooley, 18, was a Heat rookie last season where she played for the Governor-General’s XI against the touring English team as part of the Women’s Ashes.
Doley hitting the winning runs for Queensland.
While yet to play a WBBL game, the Wests wicket-keeper caught the eye during the winter tour of South Africa by the Australian Under-19 women’s team, scoring two half centuries in the one-day tri-series.
Birkett continues her Heat association, being a foundation player who has now played 29 games for the club. A fine fielder and determined lower order bat, she has taken 19 WBBL wickets with her right-arm medium pace.
Brisbane Heat coach Peter McGiffin said the club was delighted to head into WBBL|04 with the trio on board.
“Sammy-Jo and Haidee have worked really hard to develop their games in the past 12 months and are poised to be very important members of the squad this summer,’’ he said.
“Josie is an exciting prospect and we’re delighted she has joined the Heat. She’s shown for the Queensland Fire that she has a mature head on her shoulders when it comes to her batting and we’re pleased with how her ‘keeping is coming along too.”
The WBBL Heat squad for this season so far announced is: Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett, Josie Dooley, Grace Harris, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Georgia Prestwidge, Kirby Short.
Australian stars Mooney and Kimmince will be in action on Monday at Allan Border FIeld when the Australian Women take on New Zealand in the second T20 International in the three-game series that starts on Saturday night at North Sydney Oval.