23/05/2024

Jemma Barsby commits to the Adelaide Strikers for a further two seasons in the WBBL. (Photo: Strikers Facebook/Mark Evans)

Jemma Barsby has re-signed with the Adelaide Strikers for the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) with the off spinner putting pen to paper on a new two-year deal.

Barsby took a career-high 18 wickets during the Strikers championship winning WWBL08 season, finishing in the top 10 overall wicket-takers.

Her attention turns to WBBL|09 where her focus will be ensuring they go back-to-back.

Adelaide Strikers will be looking to defend their WBBL championship this season. (Photo: Strikers Facebook/Tom Roschi)

“It’s exciting,” said Barsby.

“I am glad we were able to get that done, obviously off the back of last year winning the comp [WBBL08] it was a no brainer to sign.

“[I’m] excited to get back into the colours.”

Enjoying life in Adelaide, Barsby has become a key player for the Strikers, and signing on for a further two seasons was in part because of her love for the city.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Adelaide,” described Barsby.

“It’s a beautiful city, everything is so close and that just topped off the season last year just winning the comp [WBBL|08].

“Hopefully be able to keep that same, if not most of the girls together, and be able to hopefully to go that good again.”

Claiming their first WWBL championship, the Strikers will be looking to go back-to-back for the first time, as they go from being the hunter to the hunted.

It was the third time the Strikers had made the final of a WBBL season, falling short the previous two times, all eyes will be on Adelaide to go back-to-back.

“It will probably be interesting this year obviously we have got the draft for the overseas players,” continued Barsby.

“They will put a bit of a spin on each team, that will probably change up each teams dynamic.

“I think it will just be a new season a new start, and hopefully go out there and get the ball rolling from game one.”

Former Australian international Nicole Bolton has joined the Strikers as assistant coach for the WBBL|09 season, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the defending champions.

Furthermore, Bolton has breathed fresh life into the Strikers squad since arriving, training with the group, and bringing a different approach to the team.

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“She’s great,” said Barsby.

“She brings a lot of I guess her character, her influence on the girls, she’s been really good; she has been joining in on our running sessions at the moment for [the SA] Scorpions.

“Just brings her bubbly personality to the group, and it’s been really good, just her insights from being a player and now into a coach, I know the girls have really loved working with her so far.”

SA Scorpions will be hoping to go one better after falling short in the 2022.23 WNCL Final. (Photo: Scorpions Facebook/Mark Brake)

Barsby, who also plays for the SA Scorpions, has started preseason with the club as they look towards the summer and new Women’s National Cricket League.

Looking to build a solid base for the upcoming campaigns for both the Strikers and Scorpions, Barsby has been pleased with the first week of training.

“Yeah, it’s great, this first week back for us,” continued Barsby.

“Especially now we have changed our program a little bit more, to be more professional, so getting used to the new program this week and how it all works and operates.

“We have come in really fit and strong, and set a good base, so hopefully we can continue that and work hard.”

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