Sasha Moloney has recommitted to the Hobart Hurricanes for WBBL|07. She is excited and fully embracing the opportunity to begin WBBL|07 in Tasmania in front of the home fans.
The Hurricanes will want to turn its fortunes around after finishing WBBL|06 on the bottom of the ladder. In 2021, they’ll be looking to use the home-field advantage to push towards the top half of the ladder.
Having played all of her Big Bash cricket in purple and being a born and bred Tasmanian, the decision to put pen to paper for another year was a no brainer.
Moloney’s re-signing adds to what is likely the Hurricanes strongest squad of any WBBL season. The team is more experienced and includes more Australian representatives than ever, including the exciting young quick Tayla Vlaeminck.
WBBL|07 has the opportunity to be the best season for the Hurricanes, and with the first 30 games being played in Tasmania, gives Hobart the best chance possible to win. For Moloney, the opportunity to play at home was the main reason for signing on the dotted line.
“Obviously for us as players, the hub was really tough last year, so this season we’re really lucky that we can play on our home grounds and stay in our own beds for a large chunk of the tournament,” she said.
“However, even for the other teams who are away from home, it’s great that once they’ve completed their quarantine, they can live with relative freedom like all Tasmanians and not be confined to the one environment.”
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WBBL|06 wasn’t Moloney’s best year from a statistics point of view.
She played 12 matches through the year, batting and bowling in only nine of those. With the bat, she picked up 94 runs at an aver of 15 and a strike rate of 87. She will want to improve this, especially the strike rate in a competition where scores are getting bigger and bigger each year.
Moloney is also beginning to take up a more permanent role with the ball. In 2020 she took three wickets with a best of 2-12. Importantly, her economy rate was only 6.59. Bowling is an area where she will look to stand up in WBBL|07.
Moloney is also a player that takes a larger view on cricket. She believes that having WBBL|07 exclusively in Tasmania for the first 30 games will be huge for cricket in the state.
“Even more importantly, the potential overall impact this tournament can have for women’s cricket in Tasmania is huge,” Moloney said.
“I hope that regardless of our results on-field, off-field, we can inspire a larger cohort of future Tasmanian female cricketers to become involved in cricket, to the point where they can genuinely believe that one day it could very well be them out there playing in the Big Bash.”
The Hobart Hurricanes now only have three spots to fill on its roster as Moloney joins Nicola Carey, Mignon du Preez, 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.
The Hurricanes’ first match will be played on the 16th of October from Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
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