The Heat will welcome back the hard-hitting Grace Harris after a season away with the Melbourne Renegades, with the allrounder making an instant impact in WBBL|01 when she became the first woman to score a century in the competition.
Harris, 24, is currently recovering from knee surgery and is hoping to be available for the Heat’s opening round of the WBBL on Sunday 10 December in Sydney.
West Indian allrounder Deandra Dottin will return as the Heat’s international player, and along with Harris, forms a formidable batting presence in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.
Dottin recently scored her second career T20 International century, belting 112 off 67 balls against Sri Lanka. However, that innings pales beside her remarkable 38-ball T20I century in 2010 against South Africa.
Dottin also produced her first ODI century earlier in the year for the West Indies when she scored 104 not out against Pakistan in the Women’s World Cup in England.
The 26-year-old has now played 108 ODIs and 94 T20 Internationals since making her debut for the West Indies as a teenager.
The Heat have re-signed the lions’ share of last year’s squad, including pace bowlers Holly Ferling, Kara Sutherland and Georgia Prestwidge, allrounders Delissa Kimmince, Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett and Sammy-Jo Johnson as well as batters Tess Cooper, Laura Harris and Kirby Short.
They join Australia players Beth Mooney and Jess Jonassen as 14 of the 15 contracted Heat players, with one spot to be filled.
WBBL Brisbane Heat coach Pete McGiffin said he was delighted to confirm Grace Harris was re-joining Brisbane.
“We’ve got a stable group of players who performed very strongly last season, and bringing Grace and her skills back into the mix can only benefit the squad,’’ he said.
“She is making steady progress since having some attention to her knee so we will work closely with her when we step up the preparations for the WBBL. The potential of having her and Deandra Dottin in the one team is something that is pretty exciting and one that we’re certainly looking forward to,’’ McGiffin said.
Today’s announcement of Wahu joining the Heat adds another complementary element to the strong summer holiday flavor of the KFC Big Bash League and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.
Britz Marketing Australasia special projects director Chris Slack said Wahu was proud to join the Heat in a partnership capacity.
“We both share the same philosophies surrounding active outdoor play and encouraging Australian kids to become involved in national sports,’’ he said.
“Wahu recognises the importance of nurturing young players in a sporting capacity, and hopes to continue to promote the love of cricket to future generations through our partnership”
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Brisbane Heat General Manager Andrew McShea welcomed Wahu to the Heat.
“We’re very fortunate in Queensland to be able to enjoy an active lifestyle throughout the year, especially in the summer where Brisbane Heat games have quickly become synonymous with families having a great time at the BBL as part of their school holidays activities,’’ he said.
"Wahu is an ideal fit with the Heat, and with the club's ties to the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, we expect to see many fans enjoying their beach cricket as well as the BBL during the summer,'' he said.