The upcoming 9th edition of the Women’s Big Bash League is all set to get underway on 19th October 2023. The overseas players draft was introduced for the first time in the Women’s Big Bash League this year. The player selection process concluded on 3rd September 2023.
The Melbourne Renegades picked up Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and West Indies skipper Hayley Matthews from the overseas draft. They also recently signed the 23-year-old batter Courtney Webb at least for the next couple of years.
“Courtney’s been an important part of our line-up for a couple of years now and we’re excited to have her locked in for another two years. Her game continues to evolve and we believe she can be a real match-winner for us. Alongside our international signings and local talent, Courtney adds to what is becoming a deep batting group for the season ahead.” Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten on the progress of Courtney Webb and the value she brings to the team.
She made her Women’s Big Bash League debut on 8th December 2018 against the Adelaide Strikers. She scored 93 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of 100 in her debut season for the Melbourne Renegades. Her best season with the bat came in the year 2020 when she scored 246 runs in 12 innings at a strike rate of 112.32 and an impressive average of 30.75.
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Her tally of runs included one half-century which came against Melbourne Stars when she stayed unbeaten on 54, scoring at an impressive strike rate of 163.63. She is one of the players to watch out for in the next few years. Apart from her exploits with the bat, she has also been a handy performer with the ball in hand. She has picked up 10 wickets with the ball so far for the Melbourne Renegades. Her best performance with the ball came against Sydney Thunder in the year 2021, when she picked up three wickets giving away just 21 runs in her spell.
“There’s something special building with this group and I can’t wait to see what we can do over the next couple of years. We’ve got a strong team culture, this is a group I love playing with. Hopefully, we can get back to the finals this year and be pushing for our first WBBL title.” Courtney Webb looking forward to the upcoming edition of the WBBL.
(Quotes sourced from Melbourne Renegades Press Release)
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