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Stars announce new WBBL signings

03 December 2015
Jensen training at the MCG

The Melbourne Stars has today announced its final two signings for the inaugural rebel Women’s Big Bash League with Hayley Jensen and Lily Bardsley completing the squad’s list.

New Zealand and Melbourne Cricket Club’s Jensen has signed on as an international replacement player and at this stage is free to play nine matches.

Jensen, who also signed on with the VicSpirit this season, made her international debut last year and has since played 13 games for the White Ferns including four one-dayers and nine T20s.

“Playing in the WBBL will be really good for young girls coming through, it’s another career option that the girls can have,” Jensen said.

“It’s always really nice to meet new people from around the country and the world too.”

After debuting for the Australian Capital Territory earlier this season, 20-year-old Bardsley gets a chance on the Stars’ list for WBBL|01.

The middle order batter made some good contributions for the ACT in her first WNCL season.

“I think the Club is very good, it's really team-orientated and everyone is really welcoming which is nice,” Bardsley said.

Also joining the Stars’ list is Development Rookie Hayleigh Brennan and Community Rookie Natalie Plane.

Right-arm fast-medium bowler, Brennan, 18, plays for Box Hill in Premier Cricket and acknowledged the good opportunity to continue learning from captain Meg Lanning.

“Meg Lanning’s a great captain, she really knows the game and it’s a good experience to learn things off her,” Brennan said.

“It will be really good to be a part of this and have such great players around at the Club.”

Earlier this year, 19-year-old Plane trialled for the WBBL|01 Community Rookie contract.

The trials were open to all members of the Victorian Indigenous Cricket Squad, with Plane being the successful candidate.

“Just the experience, getting specialist coaching and seeing behind the scenes of how the elite level do it, I’m really excited about,” said Plane.

The Melbourne Stars will open the WBBL tournament against the Brisbane Heat on Saturday with the first match being played at 10am. A 13-player squad will be announced tomorrow.

Melbourne Stars Squad:

Meg Lanning (c)

Kelly Applebee

Lily Bardsley

Kristen Beams

Mignon du Preez

Kathleen Hempenstall

Emma Inglis

Hayley Jensen (international replacement)

Emma Kearney

Alana King

Anna Lanning

Katie Mack

Morna Nielsen

Natalie Sciver

Gemma Triscari

Melbourne Stars Development Rookie

Hayleigh Brennan

Melbourne Stars Community Rookie

Natalie Plane