Jemma Barsby, Josie Dooley and Courtney Webb sign with South Australia for 2020-21 season

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Jemma Barsby, Josie Dooley and Courtney Webb sign with South Australia for 2020-21 season

Courtney Webb, Josie Dooley and Jemma Barsby have all signed for South Australia.

The fourth new signing is Brooke Harris, the dual Karen Rolton medallist, who has found her way back into the squad after a fantastic 2019-20 season with Strut in Premier Cricket. The 22-year-old allrounder took and incredible 34 wickets at an average of just 8.24 - a record for the most wickets in a First Grade campaign. She also scored 232 runs, finishing sixth on the batting charts.

Barsby, the Queensland allrounder, is an ambidextrous spin bowler who has also turned out for Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers in the Women's Big Bash League. Last season, she scored 121 runs in the WNCL, with a highest of 63 whilst batting in the lower-middle order for Queensland.

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20-year-old Dooley, a wicket-keeper batter from Queensland is thought to be one of the most promising young players in the country. A member of Brisbane Heat's WBBL-winning squad in 2018, the right-hander has also represented Australia A. She was part of the team that defeated India A at home last December.

Webb, another young recruit, is a multi-sport star who made her debut for Tasmania as a teenager in 2017. She has since enjoyed impressive stints with Tasmania in the WNCL and Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL, most famoulsy striking a six off the bowling of Marizanne Kapp to clinch a last-ball win over Sydney Sixers last season.

Megan Schutt will continue to lead the squad with Tahlia McGrath - who recently earned her first Cricket Australia contract - acting as her vice-captain. The rest of the squad largely remains the same with Bridget Patterson, Tegan McPharlin, Alex Price and Amanda-Jade Wellington adding a great deal of experience to the side.

Teenage fast bowler Darcie Brown - widely believed to be one of the fastest young bowlers in the country - has also retained her place in the side.

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Luke Williams, South Australia's head coach said he is excited by the squad that they have managed to put together.

“With Tahlia’s deserved elevation to Cricket Australia’s contract list, we’re delighted with the four players we have been able to add to our Scorpions group for the coming season and are really looking forward to what each will bring to our squad,” Williams said.

“They each have fine attributes adding depth to the group, and we welcome back Brooke who was so impressive in all facets last year.

“Shae Daley, Stacey Oates and Tabatha Saville have all advised that they did not wish to be considered for a WNCL contract for the coming season, and we extend our thanks to each of them for their contribution to our program.”

Squad: Megan Schutt (c), Tahlia McGrath (vc), Jemma Barsby, Sam Betts, Darcie Brown, Emma De Broughe, Eliza Doddridge, Josie Dooley, Ellie Falconer, Brooke Harris, Tegan McPharlin, Annie O'Neil, Bridget Patterson, Alex Price, Courtney Webb, Amanda-Jade Wellington

In: Barsby, Dooley, Harris, Webb

Out: Daley, Oates, Saville