The Hobart Hurricanes have added international star power to their batting lineup ahead of WBBL|07, pulling off a coup, announcing the signing of South African batter Mignon du Preez.
The 32-year-old top-order batter crosses Bass Strait from WBBL|06 finalists, the Melbourne Stars where she has played the entirety of her WBBL career to date.
The South African star has played four consecutive seasons for the Stars from 2017-2021. Last season yielded her best returns with the bat, making 380 runs across 13 innings including four half-centuries at an impressive strike rate of 122.58.
It continues a strong list build for the Hurricanes ahead of the new WBBL season as she joins Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Rachel Priest, Chloe Rafferty, Amy Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Rachel Trenaman, Belinda Vakarewa, and Tayla Vlaeminck as the players announced as being contracted to the Hurricanes for WBBL|07.
Du Preez, a mainstay of the South African top order is no stranger to short-form domestic cricket, having just finished a stint with the Manchester Originals in the inaugural season of The Hundred. She is now with the national team in the Caribbean where South Africa will play three T20i’s and five ODI’s against the West Indies.
“I’m really looking forward to starting this new chapter playing with the Hurricanes,” Du Preez said from the Caribbean.
“I’ve obviously loved my time playing with the Stars but am really looking forward to this new challenge with the Hurricanes. From afar, the Hurricanes have been running a great program for several years now and have been building a great list over the off-season, so I can’t wait to experience it for myself.
“It’s a great competition the WBBL, involving the best group of female cricketers in the world. I think with the team the Hurricanes have built for this season, combining both old and new faces, we will really have the opportunity to make a statement on-field this year.”
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Du Preez is the Hurricanes’ second of three international signings to be announced for WBBL|07, with Rachel Priest also qualifying as an international player.
The Hobart Hurricanes are currently scheduled to begin their WBBL|07 campaign on October 17th against the Melbourne Renegades at North Sydney Oval
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