Piepa Cleary, the fast bowler from Perth Scorchers, has been ruled out of the remainder of this season’s Women’s Big Bash League after having broken her left leg. The right-armer suffered the injury when she dived awkwardly on the boundary line during last weekend’s clash against Melbourne Stars at the WACA.
Cleary underwent surgery for the same on Sunday (November 3).
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“They’re probably going to put a plate in it,” Keightley told The Blast, earlier this week. “It looks like her WBBL season is over, but we are hopeful she will get back up for WNCL coming to the end of the season.”
“We’re all gutted for Piepa, she hasn’t had much luck with injury over the last few years. It’s awful to see any player go down with a serious injury, Piepa is a big loss for us and she’ll be hard to cover.”
“Piepa has had a good 12 months on and off the field with Western Australian cricket and I have no doubt she will bounce back,” Keightley concluded.
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On Thursday (November 7), the club confirmed that the procedure went well and Cleary will return to training early in the new year.
The 23-year-old featured in all five of Scorchers’ matches this season, taking four wickets in 16 overs with a best of 2 for 28.
Kath Hempenstall comes into the squad as Cleary’s replacement and could make her debut for the club.