Rachel Priest returns to Western Storm

Rachel Priest in action. ©ICC

Western Storm have announced their first overseas player as Rachel Priest re-joins the squad for the final season of Women’s Cricket Super League.

Smashing opening batter, Priest, is known for literally creating a storm up the order with her brutal hitting. She has played a key role in Western Storm’s success, having been a member of the squad since the tournament’s inception back in 2016.

Rachel has featured in 25 WCSL matches for Western Storm, scoring over 570 runs with a best of 106 not out.

The 34-year-old from Taranaki brings a wealth of experience having played in 68 IT20s and 86 ODIs for New Zealand.

Western Storm Head Coach, Trevor Griffin is delighted that the big hitting opener is returning.

“Rachel has been an integral part of what Western Storm has achieved over the last few years,” he said. “She’s been here since the very beginning and her performances on the field have been top class.

“What’s just as important for us is that her contribution off the field has been equally impressive. She is great in the dressing room, her experience is invaluable in helping our younger squad members and her dedication to community-based projects, such as the Lord’s Taverners Wicketz initiative, the Western Storm girls camps and schools competitions, has been superb.

“I was also able to spend some time with Rachel this winter as we were both at Sydney Thunder for the WBBL, and it was great to have an extra opportunity to continue working on her skills. Everyone associated with the squad is delighted that she will be with us again in 2019.”

After agreeing to return, Rachel said: “I’ve really enjoyed the last three years with the Storm and I can’t wait for this season to start. I’ve been in contact with Trevor a lot over the winter and there wasn’t any doubt in my mind that I’d be coming back if I got the opportunity, so I’m delighted.

“There’s something special about Western Storm and there’s always a great energy around the squad. Our international players are in good form and the younger players have another year of experience under their belts, so I see no reason why we can’t be challenging again this year.”