Madeline Penna, Katie Mack extend stay with Adelaide Strikers for WBBL07

Madeline Penna (l), Katie Mack © Adelaide Strikers

Madeline Penna and Katie Mack will continue to play for Adelaide Strikers in the seventh season of the Women’s Big Bash League, the club announced on Friday (September 10). Penna has signed a three-year deal while Mack has extended her stay by a season.

Mack had a productive WBBL06, scoring 251 runs, second only behind Laura Wolvaardt for Strikers. She had a strike rate close to 110 and scored two half centuries as well.

“I have loved every minute of my time as a Striker and am excited to be getting back together with the group as we look to achieve something really special this season,” said Mack, who was roped in as Ellyse Perry’s replacement by Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred.

“The WBBL is such an exciting competition, so the opportunity to put on a show in front of our amazing fans again is something I am so grateful for.”

Allrounder Penna, on the other hand, shone against Hobart Hurricanes last season, when she hit an unbeaten 56 off just 33 balls after walking in at five for 65, helping Strikers to a win. She hit 24 runs off Nicola Carey’s final over.

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“WBBL is my favourite time of year where we get the chance to test ourselves against not only the best in the country, but some of the best players in the world,” said Penna. “I’m very lucky to be a part of it. I had no hesitation signing a long-term deal with the Strikers; I absolutely love the environment and the people here and I know we are heading in the right direction to create sustained success as a team.”

Luke Williams, the head coach, was also pleased with the signings.

“Both Maddie and Katie have shown repeatedly that they are not only fantastic talents, but fantastic people, and we are thrilled to have them wearing blue again this season. We have high aspirations for WBBL07 and to retain Maddie and Katie strengthens our unit as the opening fixtures continue to grow on the horizon,” he said.