Medium-pacer Haidee Birkett, whose miraculous outfield catch off the final ball in the semi-final against the Sydney Thunder sent the Heat into the Final, and batter Laura Harris, who hit the winning runs to clinch the title against the Sydney Sixers, are joined by rising pace bowler Georgia Prestwidge as key re-signings for Brisbane’s WBBL|05 squad.
Heat coach Ashley Noffke said each of the trio was coming off strong off-season preparations.
“Haidee has worked really hard on her variety, Laura is hitting the ball very cleanly and making excellent decisions with her batting and Georgia’s pace is probably the quickest she has been,’’ he said.
“Their preparations with the Queensland Fire have been first-rate, as has been the case with all of the girls, which is a very encouraging sign,’’ Noffke said.
The Heat has announced 12 of its 15-player squad ahead of their season opener on Saturday 19 October when they take on the Sixers at North Sydney Oval.
Tickets are on sale now for WBBL Brisbane Heat home games at Allan Border Field with the Heat taking on the Perth Scorchers on 26 October, the Hobart Hurricanes on 27 October and Melbourne Renegades on 27 November.
WBBL Heat tickets at Allan Border Field will be $10 for adults, $5 for concession with children admitted with a free ticket available at the point of purchase.
Tickets will be available through www.ticketek.com.au
The WBBL Heat will again play two matches at Great Barrier Reef Arena at Harrup Park in Mackay this season, following on from the success of the past two years where the WBBL games have attracted sell-out crowds.
Brisbane will take on the Adelaide Strikers on 2 and 3 November in Mackay, with both matches being free admission.
The WBBL season will commence under lights at North Sydney Oval on October 18 and end with the Grand Final on Sunday December 8.
WBBL|05 Brisbane Heat squad to date: Haidee Birkett, Laura Harris, Georgia Prestwidge, Mikayla Hinkley, Courtney Sippel, Amelia Kerr (international), Sammy-Jo Johnson, Kirby Short, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney