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Strikers re-sign nine

27 September 2017

Australian bowlers Megan Schutt and Amanda Wellington headline the Adelaide Strikers’ re-signings for the WBBL this summer.

Bowler Samantha Betts, who missed WBBL|02 due to stress fractures in her back, is also one of the nine returning Strikers.

Schutt, last year’s Strikers’ MVP, made history in 2015 by becoming the first woman to be signed by the club.

In WBBL|02 Schutt collected 13 wickets at an average of 17.15 and finish the tournament as the WBBL’s ranked number two allrounder, after opening the bowling and spending some time batting in the middle order.

Leg-spinner Wellington, who made her international debut last year, will be looking to replicate her WBBL|02 form.

She took eight wickets and when given the chance to bat higher up the order, produced an impressive knock of 46 off 25 balls against the Brisbane Heat.

With some early movement of players between teams, Strikers Head Coach Andrea McCauley said she was always confident that Schutt and Wellington, two of the side’s biggest local names, would remain in Adelaide.

“I like to think the girls enjoy the environment that we are providing and they seem really proud to continue to represent their hometown,” McCauley said.

“Amanda is a dangerous player and has that x-factor about her and Megan is certainly a quality bowler who is really the lead new-ball bowler in the country.”

The Strikers’ quick bowling stocks will be bolstered by the return of Samantha Betts, as well as allrounder Tahlia McGrath and left-armer Katelyn Pope.

“I’m very excited about Tahlia McGrath – I think she is about to have a really big season and will be a major player with both bat and ball in the Strikers’ campaign,” McCauley said.

Spinner Alex Price also re-joins the side, while powerful Alice Springs batter Tabatha Saville is back after making her WBBL debut last season.

Wicketkeeper-batter Tegan McPharlin will return, along with her SA Scorpions opening partner, Bridget Patterson.

“There is certainly plenty to be excited about with the rest of the squad, too,” McCauley said.

“Bridget Patterson is a quality batter and Katelyn Pope has been working hard on her bowling, while Sam Betts has recovered from stress fractures and is fitter than she has ever been.

“There is plenty of talent rolling around and it’s great that these girls have re-signed and want to be a part of the squad again this year.”

Current WBBL|03 Adelaide Strikers squad:

Sophie Devine, Megan Schutt, Amanda Wellington, Samantha Betts, Tahlia McGrath, Katelyn Pope, Alex Price, Tabatha Saville, Tegan McPharlin, Bridget Patterson.

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