Rhiann O’Donnell re-signs with Melbourne Renegades ahead of WBBL08

O’Donnell has represented Melbourne Renegades in WBBL07 © Getty Images

Rhiann O’Donnell has re-signed with Melbourne Renegades ahead of the eighth edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), announced the club in a statement on Thursday (June 09).

O’Donnell made her WBBL debut with the Hobart Hurricanes and joined Renegades before WBBL07, with this contract she will remain with Renegades till WBBL08. “I’m super stoked to be coming back with the ‘Gades this year. I loved my time last year and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in,” O’Donnell said speaking about her extension. 

The 24-year-old made it to the Renegades squad on the back of her standout performances in the Victorian Premier Cricket. She also bagged the prestigious Una Paisley Medal representing Melbourne Cricket Club.

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“Last year I never really came in with any expectations, it was just about getting amongst the group, enjoying cricket, and learning lots. It was a really good environment – I think when you’re playing for a good group of people it brings out the best in you.

“Getting an opportunity with the ball was really good, and hopefully, I can grow on what I was able to do last year, continue to learn, and help us win more games,” O’Donnell added. 

O’Donnell was the fifth-highest wicket-taker in the WBBL07 for the Renegades as the Sophie Molineux-led side made it to the knockouts after a disappointing WBBL06.

“Rhiann’s cricket journey is a great story of perseverance and we’re pleased to have her sign on and add that next chapter as a Renegade,” Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten, said. 

“She worked extremely hard last season to break into the team and then grabbed that opportunity with both hands, playing an important role in helping us reach the finals. We know Rhiann will take confidence from her performances in WBBL07 and look forward to her continuing to grow as a player and contribute to our team,” Rosengarten added.