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Heat WBBL Squad Finalised

18 September 2015

The WBBL Brisbane Heat will have its own ‘star’ quality to call on for the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League this summer.

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars allrounders Jessica Jonassen and Grace Harris will add style and power to the Brisbane Heat squad following their announcement today as the latest T20 recruits for the WBBL club.

And they will be backed by Southern Stars contracted wicket-keeper Beth Mooney, Under-23 Shooting Stars squad member Jemma Barsby, former Australian captain Jodie Fields and their Konica Minolta Queensland Fire teammate Courtney Hill in the WBBL Heat squad to prepare for the series starting in December.

Jonassen, originally from Rockhampton, made an all-star Test debut for Australia during the recent Ashes series in England.

The 22-year-old was player of the match in her maiden Test, falling one run short of what would have been a magical century on debut.

Harris, 21, made a similar impression, earning player of the series honours from her initial three T20 International matches against Ireland and then going on to help Australia defeat England in the T20I series that determined the winner of the 2015 Women’s Ashes series.

Jonassen, a classy left-hand bat and left arm spinner, and Harris, a power hitting batsman and off-spinner, bring skill and strength to the WBBL Heat squad.

Jonassen was the Women’s National Cricket League player of the year last season while Harris has led the field in the number of sixes hit during the past two seasons of the WT20.

She has clouted 16 sixes in two seasons and along with Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning, is rated one of the longest hitters in the women’s game.

“It’s going to be great fun,’’ Harris said. “The girls have been talking about it a lot and we are all keen to be a part of something so exciting for the sport.”

Left-arm spinner Barsby and wicket-keeper Beth Mooney have both been involved in the national set-up recently, with Hervey Bay product Mooney playing the winter in England with Yorkshire and joining the Southern Stars squad for the T20I series against Ireland and England.

Barsby was the Queensland Fire’s leading wicket-taker and second overall in the WT20 last year, snaring 19 scalps at 13.15.

Fields, who stood down as national captain in 2014 after leading Australia to World One Day and T20 Cup glory, has set her sights on returning from off-season shoulder surgery in time for the new competition.

Sunshine Coast fast bowler Courtney Hill rounds out the initial contract list, with the Heat able to sign another four players by December.

The WBBL will feature 59 matches to be played in 51 days over the summer holidays, with eight of the games, including the final on January 24, broadcast live and free on Network Ten's ONE.

2015-16 WBBL Brisbane Heat:

Jessica Jonassen Grace Harris, Beth Mooney, Courtney Hill, Jodie Fields, Jemma Barsby, Holly Ferling, Delissa Kimmince, Kate Cross (International), Lauren Winfield (International). Coach: Andy Richards.

 WBBL Brisbane Heat Matches

Date

Match

City

Sat 5 Dec

Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars

Junction Oval, Melbourne

Sat 5 Dec

Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat

Junction Oval, Melbourne

Fri 11 Dec

Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat

Perth

Sat 12 Dec

Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers

Perth

Sun 13 Dec

Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat

Perth

Sun 13 Dec

Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers

WACA, Perth

Fri 18 Dec

Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat

AB Field, Brisbane

Sat 19 Dec

Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades

Gabba, Brisbane

Sun 20 Dec

Brisbane Heat v Adelaide Strikers

Gabba, Brisbane

Sun 20 Dec

Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder

Gabba, Brisbane

Sat 2 Jan

Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat

Kingston Twin Ovals, Hobart

Sat 2 Jan

Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat

Blundstone Arena, Hobart

Sun 3 Jan

Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes

Kingston Twin Ovals, Hobart

Sat 16 Jan

Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat

Adelaide Oval No. 2, Adelaide

Wed 20 Jan

WBBL Semi Final 1

TBC

Thurs 21 Jan

WBBL Semi Final 2

TBC

Sun 24 Jan

WBBL Final

TBC