Scorchers stars to shoot for suc­cess

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

SOUTH PERTH crick­eters Piepa Cleary and last sea­son’s WACA Fe­male Ris­ing Star win­ner Katie Hartshorn have been signed to play for the Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash League.

Cleary is a ta­lented young bowler who showed her prom­ise with 12 wick­ets in 14 games dur­ing the 2013-14 sea­son after de­but­ing in De­cem­ber 2012.

Hartshorn is a young lef­t­arm spin­ner, who de­buted in the WNCL with Tasmania back in 2011.

She moved to Perth and linked up with the Western Fury in 2015.

WA-raised Shoot­ing Star player Cleary is joined by fel­low Shoot­ing Stars Me­gan Bant­ing, Heather Gra­ham and Chloe Pi­paro in the squad.

Scorchers coach Lisa Keightley was rapt to se­cure sev­eral lo­cal promis­ing play­ers for an­other sea­son, with the Shoot­ing Stars quar­tet all 21 or younger.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to keep to­gether our group of up-and­com­ing lo­cal play­ers who are be­gin­ning to get op­por­tu­ni­ties at rep­re­sen­ta­tive level and helped us make the WBBL semi-fi­nals last sea­son,” Keightley said.

“We’re look­ing for Piepa Cleary to com­ple­ment our bowl­ing at­tack in WBBL 02 and we see Chloe Pi­paro as a key batswoman mov­ing ahead.

“Katie Hartshorn was a rev­e­la­tion last sea­son with 13 wick­ets and we’re hop­ing she will only get bet­ter with more ex­pe­ri­ence at the elite level.”

The Scorchers start their WBBL 02 cam­paign against the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes in Sydney on De­cem­ber 10.

The Perth Scorchers WBBL 02 squad com­prises Me­gan Bant­ing, Suzie Bates, Emma Biss, Ni­cole Bolton, Mathilda Carmichael, Piepa Cleary, Lauren Eb­sary, Heather Gra­ham, Katie Hartshorn, Emma King and Chloe Pi­paro.

Four spots re­main va­cant on the Scorchers ros­ter for the cam­paign.

Katie Hartshorn.

Piepa Cleary.

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