05/03/2024

Jemma Barsby has re-signed with the Adelaide Strikers for WBBL 08. (Photo: Adelaide Strikers)

Out for redemption after stumbling at the final hurdle last season, the Adelaide Strikers have re-signed all-rounder Jemma Barsby for the WBBL|08 season.

The Adelaide Strikers have re-signed all-rounder Jemma Barsby for a second WBBL season. Barsby officially signed with the team on Tuesday afternoon as the season creeps closer to its October start.

WBBL|07 was a great one for the Adelaide Strikers as they finished runners-up. Unfortunate not to be crowned the winners, they lost to the Perth Scorchers in the final and will be hoping for redemption in the summer.

One player who wants redemption more than anyone is South Australia Scorpions captain in Barsby. She has already felt what winning is like with the Brisbane Heat in WBBL|04, and will be hoping for it again. The 26-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the team and mentors the players around her.

This will be the second year Barsby plays for the Strikers, having represented the Brisbane Heat for four seasons and the Perth Scorchers for two. Known as an ambidextrous spinner, she can still hit with the bat.

Playing since the first season of the WBBL she has been able to hit 385 runs and take 62 wickets. Coming mainly in the middle-late order, her batting strike-rate of 95.47 made her invaluable to the teams she has been apart of.

In the bowling side of things, she has managed to have an economy rate of 6.92 and best figures of 4/13

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“I’m absolutely pumped to sign on for another season with the Strikers,” the bowling all-rounder said.

“We’ve put together a really strong group who have shown they can challenge at the pointy end of the season, and we will certainly be looking to go all the way this summer.

“The WBBL is only getting bigger and better each year and I’m super excited to see where we can take this season.”

Adelaide Strikers coach Luke Williams lauded Barsby’s talent and was ecstatic to see the re-signing.

“Jemma is both a quality person and player, and we’re thrilled to have her sign on for another summer,” he said.

“She provides us flexibility with both batting and bowling options and brings terrific cricket knowledge and leadership.

“Jemma is a much-loved member of our group, and we know that she’s equally popular with Strikers fans here in Adelaide.”

The Adelaide Strikers will have their first match this season against the Sydney Sixers at Great Barrier Reef Arena on October 15.

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