Sydney Sixers add Claire Moore to the squad as an injury replacement for Hayley Silver-Holmes

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Sydney Sixers add Claire Moore to the squad as an injury replacement for Hayley Silver-Holmes

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Sydney Sixers have added teenage batter Claire Moore to their squad ahead of the seventh season of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) as an injury replacement for allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes. The announcement was made on Friday (October 8) after a hip injury forced the 18-year-old out of the tournament.

Moore has showcased her batting talent in NSW Premier Cricket, and her performances meant she earned her first contract with NSW Breakers for the 2021-22 season. The 17-year-old, who has played pathways cricket in New South Wales alongside Silver-Holmes, is also studying for her HSC exam. Sydney Sixers' latest recruit said she despite the unfortunate circumstances of her call-up, she hopes to make the most of this opportunity in the upcoming season of the WBBL.

"Hayley and I have played a lot of cricket together at school, club, and NSW Pathways levels, so it’s ironic that my chance in the WBBL has come following her injury. I really feel for Hayley. She is such a good player and has so much talent. I hope I can take this opportunity with both hands and represent both of us,” Moore admitted.

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The two-time champions have added the Indian duo of Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav as their overseas players along with the Australian marquee players Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner. Moore said she is looking forward to training and playing with some of the best players in the world.

“It’s every young player’s goal to make it to this level, and to be able to train and hopefully play alongside the calibre of players the Sixers have is awesome,” she said. “I haven’t even met all of them yet, but training in the offseason with Alyssa and Ash was great and I have already learnt so much from them,” she concluded.

The two-time champions will kick off their WBBL season with a clash against last year's finalists Melbourne Stars at Blundstone Arena in Hobart on the opening day of the tournament (October 14).