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Mooney signs with Scorchers

Number one ranked women’s t20 batter Beth Mooney is heading West to join the Perth Scorchers for WBBL06.

Mooney, who has played in the past two WBBL titles for the Brisbane Heat and was a part of Australia’s historic World T20 triumph in March this year has signed a two year deal, in what is seen as a massive coup for the franchise after the departure of Australian women’s captain Meg Lanning earlier this month.

Mooney told Sports Drive on Wednesday she was excited to join the Scorchers squad.

“I think Perth and the WACA run a pretty good organisation over there, led by Christina Matthews. Shelley Nitschke has come on board as the head coach and I worked pretty closely with her over in Brisbane amongst the Australian team as the full-time assistant coach with us,” she said.

“I’ve made a lot of improvements in my game training with her (Nitschke) over the last 18 months, so to be able to work with her full time in that period is something that was pretty appealing to me, along with re-uniting with a couple of my old team mates from the Australian team and a few of the young girls I’ve played Australia A as well.”

The 26-year-old, who was player of the tournament at this year’s home T20 World Cup said she hoped to emulate her recent success with Australia and the Brisbane Heat at her new WBBL franchise.

“One of the things I pride myself on is trying to be better every time I walk out there on to the field, wearing whatever coloured shirt,” Mooney said.

“To be able to do that and continually improve is something that really drives me. Hopefully I can keep getting better and produce some good performances for the Perth Scorchers and bring a trophy out West.”

The 26-year-old has been prolific for the Brisbane Heat, having scored the second-most runs in the competition's history with 2,576 runs across five seasons.

She was also player of the match in both of the Heat's grand final victories in WBBL04 and WBBL05.

Mooney was hopeful that New Zealand master blaster Sophie Devine would also join her at the Scorchers.

“As a purist of the game, I wouldn’t mind batting with Sophie Devine. I think the high-quality talent that she is, you would be silly not to want to have her on your team,” she said.

“At the same time, I know she’s been with the Adelaide Strikers for the previous five seasons of the Big Bash, it’s going to take a lot for anyone to drag her out of there. She’ll be a hot commodity as well I think.”

Mooney finished WBBL05 with the second-most runs in the competition, scoring 743 runs at an average of 74.3.

She was also named yet again on the Cricket Australia contract list for the 2020-21 season.

IMAGE: Radio 2LT

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