Harris sisters – Grace and Laura – re-sign with Brisbane Heat for WBBL08

The Harris sisters in action for Brisbane Heat © Getty Images

The Harris sisters – Grace and Laura – have renewed their commitment to two-time champions Brisbane Heat ahead of the eighth season of  the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), the club announced on Wednesday (July 20).

Grace, who has represented Australia in 21 matches so far, has played 76 matches for Heat and scored 1652 runs at an average of 25.05 and a strike rate of 126.76. She has also taken 57 wickets for the team in teal. She is the third highest-run getter and wicket-taker for the side in the history of WBBL.

On the other hand, Laura Kimmince is yet to play for Australia and the 31-year-old has also been an integral part of Heat with 91 games to her name. Her 791 runs for the Brisbane side came at a whopping strike rate of 144.08.

Heat head coach Ashley Noffke welcomed the Harris sisters for yet another season and added that they bring great value to the side both with their batting and experience.

“Their on-field power with the bat gives us the ability to shift the momentum of an innings in a few balls, but equally, they both can work in a specific role within the batting group and give us good structure,’’ Noffke said.

“We get different things from them in the field and that is very important. Grace’s bowling is always a threat and ‘Larris’ brings great calm to situations. Off the field, they bring experience, and a good sense of fun which helps immensely across a tournament.”

28-year-old Grace was part of the World Cup 2022 squad where Australia went on to win the trophy without dropping a game. However, the allrounder didn’t get an opportunity to make it to the playing XI during the global event in New Zealand. And she recently made her return to the lineup with caps in T20Is in the ongoing Tri-series – featuring Pakistan and the hosts – in Ireland.

“Gracie has worked very hard over the past few seasons to make herself a more complete player and being part of the Aussie squad is a good reward for her dedication. We’ll keep challenging her and look forward to seeing what comes from that,’’ Noffke added.