NEWS: Cheatle Handed Stars Contract; Kimmince Dropped Despite Healthy WBBL Numbers

Seventeen-year-old Lauren Cheatle is the only addition to the Southern Stars contracted squad for 2016-17 announced by Cricket Australia today.

Cheatle had a breakthrough season in WBBL, taking 18 wickets for Sydney Thunder and was named the young player of the tournament. She was rewarded with a Southern Stars call-up, making her debut against India in January. At the Women’s World T20, she made 3 appearances in the group stages, with best figures of 2-13 against South Africa.

Three players have dropped out of the Stars squad – 32-year-old veteran Julie Hunter; Jess Cameron, who appears to have set her sights on Aussie Rules, having taken an “extended break” from cricket; and perhaps most surprisingly Delissa Kimmince, who took 17 wickets in WBBL, putting her joint-8th on the list alongside Marizanne Kapp and Heather Knight, but who it seems has paid the price for her ill luck in missing last summer’s Women’s Ashes due to injury.

Full Squad:

  • Kristen Beams
  • Alex Blackwell
  • Nicole Bolton
  • Lauren Cheatle
  • Sarah Coyte
  • Rene Farrell
  • Holly Ferling
  • Grace Harris
  • Alyssa Healy
  • Jess Jonassen
  • Meg Lanning
  • Beth Mooney
  • Erin Osborne
  • Ellyse Perry
  • Megan Schutt
  • Elyse Villani

2 thoughts on “NEWS: Cheatle Handed Stars Contract; Kimmince Dropped Despite Healthy WBBL Numbers

  1. I wonder if this move to downsize the Southern Stars roster from 18 to 16 players is in any way connected to the pay increases announced by CA today? These range from a hike of about 30% for the maximum retainer to over 100% for the minimum retainer. So presumably indeed it is, and they are moving towards a more “elite” focussed approach with fewer players who are each better paid. How will England respond to this in their next contract announcements I wonder? Can we afford to do the same with Robinson still not sure of his best 11, and with some currently “misfiring” contracted players?


  2. The ECB could afford to If they wanted too but for once I would be in total agreement if they chose not too.

    Only a Few deserve a contract and the young up and coming should be incentivised to challenge for a senior squad place this winter.


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