Hurricanes sign Sasha Moloney, Ruth Johnston and Angelina Genford ahead of WBBL07

Hurricanes sign Sasha Moloney, Ruth Johnston and Angelina Genford ahead of WBBL07

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Hobart Hurricanes have signed Sasha Moloney and teenage prodigies Ruth Johnston and Angelina Genford ahead of the seventh edition of the Women's Big Bash League.

Speaking about the signing, Moloney said that she is thrilled to play for the Hurricanes. “Obviously for us as players, the hub was really tough last year. This season we are 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 is great that once they have completed their quarantine, they can live with relative freedom like all Tasmanians, and not be confined to the one environment."

With the WBBL beginning in Tasmania, Moloney said that the tournament could have a massive impact on women’s cricket in the state. "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.”

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In WBBL06, Moloney scored 94 runs and took three wickets in the nine matches she played. The upcoming season will be her sixth with the Hurricanes in the league.

Meanwhile, Johnston said that she is excited to secure her first WBBL contract. “With the fact that the competition is going to be starting down in Tasmania, it really is going to be such a great experience getting around the group, meeting everyone, and just learning as much as I can,” she said.

The 18-year-old allrounder was a part of the Queensland squad that won the Women's National Cricket League in 2020-21. She scored 865 runs at 43.25 in all formats in the Katherine Raymont Shield competition (Queensland’s Premier League competition), winning the Kat Smith Medal for the competition’s best young player.

Genford, the teenage speedster from Sydney, said that it was a dream come true for her to play in the WBBL. “I know that is a bit of a cliched thing to say, but just like every cricketer. I just want to learn as much as I can and take in the experiences. So, signing with a WBBL club like the Hurricanes is a great step on that journey.”

Earlier, Nicola Carey had confirmed that India wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh would be playing for the Hurricanes as a replacement for South African opener Lizelle Lee.