Rachel Priest re-signs with Hobart Hurricanes for WBBL07

Rachel Priest in action for Hobart Hurricanes. © Getty Images

Rachel Priest has re-signed with Hobart Hurricanes ahead of the seventh edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), announced the club in a statement on Thursday (July 22).

The 36-year-old played her first season for the Hurricanes in 2020 after spending three seasons with Sydney Thunder. Even though Hurricanes ended their season with the last spot on the points table, Priest’s consistency throughout WBBL06 earned her Player of the Tournament award of the franchise.

“I’m really excited about getting out there for another WBBL season as a part of the Hurricanes group. We were obviously disappointed with where we finished last year, but there were some really good moments in there too,”  the former New Zealand international said.

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Priest will join Maisy Gibson, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Belinda Vakarewa and Tayla Vlaeminck as one of three international signings for Hurricanes under head coach Salliann Beams.

“With the team and the program Sall [head coach Salliann Beams] has been building both on- and off-field, I really think we can show a considerable improvement this season,” the right-handed batter said.

Priest scored 354 runs in 13 matches with an average of 35.40 and a strike rate of 118.00 in the WBBL. As a wicket-keeper, she made seven dismissals across 13 matches. One of the highlights of the season was her unbeaten 92 from 63 balls against Sydney Sixers – the highest individual score by a Hurricane since the inception of the WBBL.

Squad so far: Rachel Priest, Amy Smith, Molly Strano, Naomi Stalenberg, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck