Perth Scorchers re-sign two Australian stars for the upcoming WBBL

Perth Scorchers re-sign two Australian stars for the upcoming WBBL

Scorchers put up a brilliant performance in the previous edition but fell seven runs short of their maiden WBBL title, losing to Sydney Sixers in the final.

Nicole Bolton, Ellyse Villani
Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

With the upcoming edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) set to kick off later in the year, the Perth Scorchers have resigned two national batters Nicole Bolton and Elyse Villani in a bid to bolster their batting line-up. Both the batswomen were signed on multi-year contracts.

Bolton and Villani will join the squad alongside national teammate Meg Lanning – who accepted a three-year deal with the Scorchers earlier this month. The triad of Australian stars will provide an indestructible impetus to the batting line-up and has the potential of being one of the fieriest batting powerhouses in the WBBL.

Australia’s premier women’s domestic T20 cricket competition, the WBBL replaced the WNCL Australian Women’s Twenty20 Cup, which ran from the 2007–08 season through to the 2014–15 season. The competition features eight city-based franchises branded identically to those in the men’s Big Bash League. The naming rights sponsor for the WBBL is Rebel Sport.

Scorchers aim to better their performances of the last season

Excited after signing Bolton and Villani on multi-year deals. WACA CEO Christina Matthews was quoted as saying, “They are two incredibly talented players and securing them long term gives us the chance to grow our squad over a number of seasons and reach a higher standard of the game.

“It also gives them breathing space and the time to focus on their game, knowing they will still have a spot with the Scorchers for a number of WBBL seasons to come,” she added.

Scorchers put up a brilliant performance in the previous edition but fell seven runs short of their maiden WBBL title, losing to Sydney Sixers in the final at the WACA. The club will be aiming to better their performances from the previous seasons and hence the addition of the national stars may well turn out to be their marquee signing for the season.

Perth is set to kick off their WBBL season against Brisbane Heat on Sunday, December 10 with their first home game against Melbourne Stars on Boxing Day.