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WBBL Champion signs with 'Canes

06 June 2022

The Hobart Hurricanes are delighted to to announce WBBL|07 Champion and member of Australia’s most-recent victorious World Cup squad, Heather Graham, as their newest signing in the lead up to WBBL|08.

The 26-year-old allrounder comes to the Hurricanes on a two-year deal, after having played with the Perth Scorchers since the competition’s inception in 2015.

As well as being an integral member of the team that took home the Scorchers maiden title, Graham personally had a stellar WBBL|07.  She was the competition’s fourth-highest wicket-taker, finishing with 18 wickets for the season at an average of 16.66, and, despite being just 25 at the time, notched up 100 WBBL appearances in the final match of the season.

Normally batting in the middle order, Graham also has 1026 runs to her name at a strike rate of 98.18 across her seven-year WBBL career to date, and is currently has the fifth-highest number of wickets to her name – 102 – on the tournament’s all-time leader board.

Graham admitted it was a hard decision to make the move, but that she was excited about what lay ahead for the Hurricanes.

“Obviously being originally from Perth and having played at the Scorchers from the very beginning, it was a really hard decision to move over to the Hurricanes, especially after the success we had at the Scorchers had last year,” Graham explained.

“However, being a part of the Tigers program in Hobart year-round, and knowing the kind of program Sall[inann Beams - Hurricanes head coach] and Dan [Marsh - Hurricanes assistant coach] and the team have built there, the opportunity to be a part of that from a Hurricanes perspective as well was just too good to pass up.

“The Tigers had an incredible year in the WNCL [Women’s National Cricket League] last season, and knowing the group of players we currently have as well as some of the new signings that are coming, I think we can translate that success to the T20 form of the game really soon.”

In more good news for the Hurricanes, they have secured the services of gun recruit, Molly Strano, until at least 2024, with the competition’s all-time leading wicket taker signing a one-year contract extension.

Graham and Strano join Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Amy Smith and Rachel Trenaman as players currently contracted to the Hurricanes for WBBL|08.