Beth Mooney signs two-year extension with Perth Scorchers
Beth Mooney in action for Perth Scorchers. © Getty Images
Australia superstar batter Beth Mooney has signed a two-year contract extension with the Perth Scorchers, the club announced on the eve of the Women’s Big Bash League final on Saturday (November 27).
Across two seasons, Mooney has churned out 1079 runs for the Scorchers at an average of over 50, rising to third in the run charts behind Elyse Villani (1706) and Nicole Bolton (1494). In WBBL07, she notched up her maiden century for the club as well - an " rel="noopener noreferrer">unbeaten 101 against Melbourne Renegades.
“I’m thrilled to be re-committing to the Scorchers for the next two WBBL seasons, I have absolutely loved my time with the Club,” Mooney said following the signing. “I’m really proud to be able to contribute to the side, I love representing Perth and playing in front of our home crowds.”
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“We have such a talented group that has an incredible work ethic and culture, and I’m looking forward to our journey over the next few seasons."
After a strong start to the home summer in the multi-format series against India, Mooney carried her form with the bat into WBBL07 blasting 528 runs in the season so far. The left-hander’s strong partnership with skipper Sophie Devine (407 runs) has been one of the main reasons for Scorchers’ success this season. With nine wins in 14 matches, the Scorchers finished at the " rel="noopener noreferrer">top of the points table, thereby earning direct entry into the title clash.
Having previously represented Brisbane Heat across the first five seasons of the WBBL, Mooney is vying for her third title this season - her first with the Scorchers. Devine and co. are set to face Tahlia McGrath’s Adelaide Strikers in the final at Perth Stadium.
“Whatever way it goes today, it’s a proud moment to be part of the Scorchers and hopefully, we can talk about starting a dynasty with the Scorchers and creating a legacy of players who know how to win games and win tournaments,” Mooney said.
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Scorchers’ head coach Shelley Nitschke expressed excitement at Mooney’s recommitment to the club adding that she has been a big part of the team’s success over the last couple of years.
“It’s great to have Beth re-commit to the club, she has played such a crucial role in the club’s success over the past two seasons, and we continued to see how influential she was during our 2021 campaign.”
“Beth has shown great leadership and brings a wealth of experience to the group and is a highly valued member of the team,” Nitschke concluded.
Mooney is currently at the top of the WBBL07 run charts, closely followed by Strikers’ Katie Mack who has managed 507 runs in 14 innings.