For the first time the Heat will have siblings in the ranks, with Georgia and Jack Prestwidge unveiled today as the club’s latest recruits.
While pace bowler Georgia suits up for her third season in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League, the BBL could stand for ‘Big Brother League’ with her older sibling Jack joining the club as one of their 18-contracted squad players after a brief taste last season as an injury replacement.
To complete the family picture, father Scott, the former Queensland Bulls allrounder, will again be an assistant coach for the WBBL Heat this summer.
Heat General Manager Andrew McShea said the recruitment of the Prestwidge siblings was an enjoyable outcome from the usual recruiting process.
“Our goal as a club is to deliver world class, family entertainment, but it is also great to have the family ties nice and close to home, so having Jack officially join Scott and Georgia at the Heat is very fitting,’’ he said.
Heat coach Dan Vettori said he was pleased to add another promising young fast bowler to the squad.
“Jack impressed as an injury replacement around the squad last season and when it came time to look at adding some more depth to our attack, we thought of him straight away,’’ Vettori said.
“He’s been developing very nicely within the Bulls and Queensland Cricket Pathways system, and he caught the eye with his efforts in the Premier Cricket Final for Norths last season as they claimed the title,’’ he said.
A right-arm pace bowler capable of pushing into the 140km/hr bracket, the 22-year-old Prestwidge took eight wickets in the Premier Cricket Final and was awarded a full Queensland Bulls contract earlier in the year.
Scott played 52 one-day matches for the Bulls and has been an assistant coach of the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire and WBBL Heat for several seasons.
The trio are not the only cricketers in the family though, with the youngest member of the household, fast bowler Will currently training with the Queensland Under-17 Development squad with a goal of making the Queensland side for the National Under-17 championships next month in Mackay and Brisbane.
The signings announced today co-incide with the Brisbane Heat Come and Try Day held at Allan Border Field.
Today’s event marks the start of Play Cricket month in Queensland, with club and Woolworth Cricket Blast sign-on currently available through Playcricket.com.au.
The Heat and Queensland Cricket will then embark on a state-wide campaign to promote the game from Sunday August 26th - Sunday September 2nd during the Join the Drive Regional Tour, taking in club and school visits in North Queensland, the Darling Downs and Wide Bay.
The Heat have announced the following contracted players for BBL|08:
Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum (int), James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Matthew Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitch Swepson.