Allrounder Ruth Johnston signs two-year contract with Hobart Hurricanes ahead of WBBL|08

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Up and coming allrounder, Ruth Johnston, who had a brilliant Women’s Big Bash League last season (WBBL|07) has signed a two-year contract with the club and it will see the youngster play for the Hurricanes until at least 2024.

The WBBL|07 turned out to be extremely fruitful and the breakout season for Johnston. The 19-year-old allrounder, who originally hails from Queensland, finished in the top-four in the Hurricanes WBBL Player of the Tournament vote count.

Johnston finished as the third-highest run-getter for Hurricanes behind Mignon du Preez (414 runs) and Rachel Priest (262 runs) in her debut WBBL season as she scored 214 runs. She also ended her amazing season as the second-highest wicket-taker for the side with 13 scalps to her credit and was only behind Molly Strano, who bagged 15 dismissals.

Her best bowling spell (4/8) last season came against Melbourne Stars and saw her get rid of Kim Garth and Meg Lanning.

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Johnston expressed her happiness on bagging the contract and mentioned that she will look to target the forthcoming seasons to improve the overall standards of her game.

“I’m really excited to be coming back to the Hurricanes this season and next,” Johnston said of her two-year deal,” said Johnston.

“Last year it was such a thrill to even get a contract, so to know where I’m going to be playing my WBBL cricket for at least the next two years is great, and it means I can just focus on improving my game,” told Johnston.

“After the WBBL, I had a frustrating rest of the 2021-22 season with injury, but the good news is that now I have my body right, and I’m raring to go this season,” added Johnston.

Johnston has joined the likes of Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Heather Graham, Amy Smith, Molly Strano, and Rachel Trenaman as players currently contracted for WBBL|08 by Hurricanes.