KNOTT A DRILL: Brisbane Heat re-sign Mackay star
The WBBL Brisbane Heat announced two new signings for the 2019/20 season, with a dazzling Mackay prospect in the list.
Sunshine Coast product Lilly Mills and Mackay product Charli Knott were today confirmed for the WBBL Heat for the season that gets underway next month.
The teenagers are both members of the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire squad and turned out yesterday for the Fire in their practice match win over NSW, with off-spinner Mills claiming a five-wicket haul.
Mills, 18, was unveiled today at a media opportunity at Tewantin Noosa Cricket Club, her junior cricket club where she learned to play as an 11-year-old.
"I got hooked on cricket when I watched the Ashes with my Dad,'' she said.
"I was recovering from an accident where I lost two teeth and because it was painful at night sometimes, Dad would sit with me. I remember watching Jimmy Anderson bowling and thinking this was something I wanted to do."
"Tewantin Noosa was just down the road from where I lived and I got started as soon as I could."
Mills met today with members of the Tewantin Noosa Cricket Club's women's team which started last year.
"The growth in girl's and women's cricket is so exciting to see and especially to see that there is a women's team now at my old club. I started playing alongside the boys and but the girls now can play together and that is very encouraging," she said.
Knott, 16, was a Heat signing last season but did not make her way onto the pitch.
The batting allrounder earned her second WBBL contract whilst still a student at Brisbane State High School.
WBBL Heat coach Ashley Noffke said he was thrilled to secure two of the brightest young players in the State.
"Lilly is a very promising spinner and adds something to our depth. Charli is developing nicely and we are very pleased she has agreed to terms again," he said.
Today's announcement marked the opening of second year of the Grassroots Cricket Fund supported by Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association, with grant applications opening this week.
The WBBL Heat will again play two matches at Great Barrier Reef Arena at Harrup Park in Mackay this season, following on from the success of the past two years where the WBBL games have attracted sell-out crowds.
Brisbane will take on the Adelaide Strikers on November 2-3 in Mackay, with both matches being free admission.
Brisbane Heat squad to date: Lilly Mills, Charli Knott, Haidee Birkett, Laura Harris, Georgia Prestwidge, Mikayla Hinkley, Courtney Sippel, Amelia Kerr (international), Sammy-Jo Johnson, Kirby Short, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney.