Bryce to join the Melbourne Stars in Rebel Women’s Big Bash league

15 Nov

Cricket Scotland is delighted to announce that all-rounder Kathryn Bryce has been named as one of eight Rebel Women’s Big Bash League Associate Rookies and will join up with the Melbourne Stars.

The program provides players with the opportunity to be exposed to elite cricket, with the eight rookies to train with their WBBL club during a two-week placement and attend home matches during that period. In the event of an injury to a contracted player, rebel WBBL clubs will be permitted to use their Rookie as a local replacement player, which would not contribute to the club’s overseas player limit.

19-year-old Bryce has been one of Scotland’s leading female players, helping Scotland to qualify for the ICC Women’s Global Qualifier Sri Lanka this coming February. She produced some fine performances with bat and ball during the European Qualifier against the Netherlands in July.

Scotland’s Chief Executive Malcom Cannon was delighted with the news, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Kathryn to get a taste of cricket at this level and we are all delighted for her. 

With an important few months ahead for our women’s team, exposure at the top level will not only benefit Kathryn but also our women’s national side as we look to raise the bar further both on and off the pitch.” 

She becomes the second Scotland player to feature in the joint initiative programme between Cricket Australia (CA) and the International Cricket Council after Rachel Scholes trained with the Sydney Sixers last year. 

Kathryn Bryce added, “I am absolutely delighted to have this opportunity to join up with the Melbourne Stars and I am certain that it will be a fantastic learning experience for me going out there and spending time with so many experienced players and coaches. 

I think it will a big step in helping me prepare for the challenge ahead in Sri Lanka in February and hopefully I'll pick up a few tips to pass on to the team going into probably the biggest tournament we've ever been involved in.”

The Rebel WBBL begins with a free, carnival-style opening weekend on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December at North Sydney Oval. With all Rebel WBBL clubs in attendance, six matches being played over the course of the two days, and plenty of family fun throughout the North Sydney Oval precinct, this weekend is the perfect start to the season. 

Four matches on the weekend will be broadcast on Network Ten, including a prime time match on the Saturday evening, with the Melbourne Stars taking on the reigning premiers the Sydney Thunder, live from 6.00pm. This will be the first time a standalone women’s sporting competition has been broadcast in prime time on a commercial free-to-air television network’s primary channel. The remaining two matches will be live streamed by Cricket Australia. 

For more information about the Rebel WBBL please visit bigbash.com.au

Rebel WBBL|02 Associate Rookies:

Player

Member Country

WBBL Club

Emma Lai

Hong Kong

Perth Scorchers

Gaby Lewis

Ireland

Hobart Hurricanes

Kathryn Bryce

Scotland

Melbourne Stars

Kim Garth 

Ireland

Sydney Sixers

Konio Oala

PNG

Sydney Thunder

Li Yingying

China

Brisbane Heat

Ravini Oa

PNG

Adelaide Strikers

Rubina Chetri 

Nepal

Melbourne Renegades 

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