Tahlia Wilson. © Sydney Thunder/ Twitter

Sydney Thunder, on Wednesday (August 7) announced that Tahlia Wilson, the young wicket-keeper batter from New South Wales, has signed a two-year deal with the club. Wilson, only 19, was previously a member of the Sydney Sixers squad in 2018, and also played for Australia Under-19.

Thunder also announced that, in an attempt to spread the game to the far corners of New South Wales, they will play one home fixture in the 2019 Women’s Big Bash League in Wollongong. This will be their match against Adelaide Strikers scheduled for November 20.

“It’s great to see another major sporting event come to Wollongong,” said David Brown, Wollongong Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor. “The Women’s Big Bash League has grown remarkably over recent years, entertaining fans with high quality cricket and helping to promote female participation in the sport. I look forwarded to seeing Sydney Thunder take on the Adelaide Strikers at North Dalton Park on 20 November,”

“North Dalton Park is a beautiful venue for an action-packed game and I encourage all cricket lovers and their families to visit the park to enjoy the exciting cricket from the Big Bash League.”

The signing of Wilson, who happens to be from Wollongong, comes at the right time for the club. She had a stellar season with the bat in 2018-19 New South Wales Premiere League where she amassed 471 runs at a staggering average of 235.5 for St.George-Sutherland. She finished the season as the highest run-scorer and her achievements saw her bag the Alex Blackwell medal for the best female cricketer in County NSW.

“I’m really excited about joining Sydney Thunder. I’ve had a great a time the last few years in the Big Bash and I can’t wait for the season ahead with my new teammates,” Wilson said who has five WBBL games to her credit so far. “A few of the Thunder girls in the NSW Breakers have told me how much the purpose of the club means to them and I’m really looking forward to being part of that culture.”

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Wilson is hoping to carry the form she displayed in the NSW premiere league and hopes to contribute to team as much as she can in whichever role as possible.

“I hope I can score some runs, but I also want to bring lots of energy to the group and just play whatever role is needed to the best of my ability, whether it’s fielding, keeping or batting.”

The excitement at playing at Wollongong is one thing Wilson looking forward too.

“It’s really exciting that Sydney Thunder will play in Wollongong. Cricket in the Illawarra region means a lot to everyone, so it’ll be great for us to head there,” she added.

“It’s very exciting to be able to take a Sydney Thunder home Rebel Women’s Big Bash League fixture to Wollongong in what will be the first ever standalone season,” said Chris Botherway, acting general manager of the Thunder.

“This is a great opportunity for even more of the Thunder Nation to experience the Big Bash and watch some of the world’s best players in action, particularly junior cricketers who continue to be inspired by their Sydney Thunder heroes.”

The Sydney Thunder franchise is all set to kick off their campaign with a blockbuster fixture against Sydney Sixers at the North Sydney Oval on October 18 in the first ever standalone upcoming WBBL season.

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