The Hobart Hurricanes have confirmed Singleton leg spinner Maisy Gibson has joined the Women’s Big Bash League squad ahead of the competition’s fifth season.
Gibson made 39 appearances for the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL, notching 36 wickets and earning herself a career economy of 6.47 across the first four seasons of the women’s national short-format competition.
The move to Hobart’s squad comes at the same time as the 23-year-old links up with Women’s National Cricket League team the Tasmanian Tigers. The Hunter star claimed the WNCL crown with the NSW Breakers last season.
“I’ve loved the move to Hobart so far and I’m really excited to pull on the Hurricanes purple this season,” Gibson said after her contract signing was made official.
“Although the results weren’t there for the Hurricanes last season, the direction they’re heading in is clear and I can’t wait to be part of this team improving. The group has been working really hard in training and I think there’s a big year ahead.”
Gibson has already spent time with the Hobart and Tasmania squads, helping the southern teams to a preseason Strike League title alongside Dora Creek product Corrine Hall.
Gibson also linked with Newcastle’s Sam Bates in the Tigers outfit.
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Hurricanes head coach Salliann Briggs said he was looking forward to employing Gibson as a strike weapon in the upcoming WBBL campaign, especially after she downed a half-dozen wickets in her opening preseason games.
“Adding some quality spin bowlers to our attack was a priority for us this off-season. It’s great to be able to add Maisy to our group,” he said.
“Her leg spin will complement Sasha’s off spinners which are coming along in leaps and bounds really quite nicely and add a lot of balance to our bowling attack.”
The Hurricanes finished last season in the Big Bash League in eighth place after winning just two of their fourteen games. Hobart beat Brisbane and Melbourne.
The Hurricane’s fifth season of the WBBL will begin on Saturday, October 19 when they face the Stars. The team’s first home games will be played on November 2-3 when they welcome Maisy’s old side the Sydney Thunder to West Park.