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16 November 2018

Townsville cricketer Stephanie Baldwin will have the chance to showcase her skills to a wider audience next week when she plays in a WBBL Brisbane Heat development squad in a practice tournament in Sydney.

Baldwin, a batter who represented Queensland and Australian Country last season, has been named in a 13-player squad which will play a series of practice games against the Sydney Thunder, Sydney Sixers and the International Cricket Council’s Women’s Global Development Squad (WGDS).
An occupational therapist and mother of two, Baldwin will have the chance to play alongside contracted Rebel Women’s Big Bash League signed Heat players such as captain Kirby Short, Grace Harris, Haidee Birkett, Georgia Prestwidge, Jemma Barsby, Sammy-Jo Johnson and Josie Dooley.
With Australian players Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney and Delissa Kimmince in action at the ICC World T20 Cup in the West Indies, the development matches will assist the Heat to prepare for WBBL|04 as well as generate additional exposure for promising players.
Also named in the squad are rising teenage talents like allrounders Courtney Sippel and Charli Knott, who made her Konica Minolta Queensland Fire debut last weekend, and Ipswich/Logan Hornets young gun eorgia Voll.
Voll will play for the Cricket Australia XI at the upcoming National Under-18 championships in January after emerging from the Queensland Cricket Female Youth Pathway along with Knott and Sippel.
Pace bowler Meagan Dixon, another Townsville product, also made her WNCL debut last week for the Fire.
Dixon, an Australian Indoor player, made her debut against South Australia where she had a ringside seat as the Harris sisters, Grace and Laura, wreaked havoc.
Former Australian player Grace hit 164 off 114 balls for the Fire – the highest score by a Queenslander in the WNCL – before taking 5-17 to return the second-best figures of all-time in the competition.
Only Southern Stars great Karen Rolton (173, 5-7) has produced a more dominant performance in the national one-day competition.
Laura Harris also hit her highest career score, belting 62 off 40 balls.
The practice squad will play four matches as part of the WBBL warm-up schedule ahead of the competition’s opening weekend on Saturday 1 December in Melbourne.
The Heat development squad will play two matches against the Sixers on Tuesday in Wollongong and matches against the Thunder and the WGDS squad at Blacktown on Wednesday.
The WGDS squad comes from seven ICC Members - Netherlands, PNG, Scotland, Thailand, Vanuatu and Zimbabwe – with Dutch teenager Sterre Kalis currently a member of the Fire squad.
Kalis, who plays alongside Voll at Ipswich, was the leading run-scorer at the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier 2018 when she amassed 231 runs for the Netherlands.
The WBBL Heat have three contracts to announce ahead of the final contracting window closing later this month.
2018 WBBL Brisbane Heat Development Squad
Kirby Short(c)
Grace Harris
Haidee Birkett
Stephanie Baldwin
Josie Dooley (wk)
Charli Knott
Courtney Sippel
Sammy Jo Johnson
Laura Harris
Jemma Barsby
Georgia Prestwidge
Meagan Dixon
Georgia Voll