The second season of the Women’s Big Bash League is one that will evoke fond memories for many Brisbane Heat fans. The Heat made the semi-finals for the first time; Deandra Dottin lit up the competition; and Beth Mooney officially announced herself as a star of the game.
Mooney’s individual contribution is perhaps the best the competition has seen in its short three-year history.
She plundered 482 runs for the season, 193 more than her closest teammate, at an average of 43.81 and incredible strike rate of 115.58.
She also took 12 dismissals behind the stumps, of which 10 were stumpings, seeing her claim four Player of the Match awards.
The highlight was perhaps a brutal 47-ball 75 she scored against the Adelaide Strikers in the Heat’s penultimate game of the season, one the club would need to win, anddid, to keep their hopes of playing in the finals alive.
Mooney finished five votes clear of her nearest rival, Hobart Hurricanes all-rounder Amy Satterthwaite, to claim the Player of the Season gong.
Mooney’s WBBL|02 campaign was the start of a run of form that would see her name mentioned amongst international cricket’s elite.
In February 2017 she became the first Queensland woman to score a One-Day International century, while later that year she was crowned the Twenty20 and Emerging Player of the Year by the International Cricket Council.