Squad changes for the upcoming domestic Women’s cricket season have reached unprecedented levels with WA Fury skipper Nicole Bolton joining Victoria and a number of overseas internationals set to take part for the first time.
The VicSpirit have pulled off a major coup, signing Southern Stars opener Bolton ahead of the 2014-15 season.
Bolton led the WNCL run scoring with 371 runs at an average of 61.83 last season, winning the WNCL Player of the Year award and tallying 2227 runs across 98 matches with the Fury. She has moved to Victoria for personal reasons.
Helping off-set Bolton’s departure is the recruitment of England captain and star player Charlotte Edwards, who will captain the Fury during her three month stay in Western Australia.
Edward’s English team mates Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor will also feature in the 2014-15 season.
Knight, the 2013 Women’s Ashes Player of the Series, will bolster the emerging Tasmania Roar outfit while Sussex wicket-keeper/batter Taylor will play for the South Australian Scorpions. Taylor currently ranks inside the top three batsman for both Twenty20 and 50-over formats, according to the ICC Player Rankings. The 25 year-old has posted five centuries and 14 half-centuries in six Test matches, 88 one-day internationals and 64 T20 internationals.
The English trio will play the first part of the WNCL and WT20 season from October to Christmas, before returning home at the start of January to resume training with the England women’s performance squad.
The Scorpions have also added New Zealand dual-international Sophie Devine, who is regarded as one of the White Ferns’ best all-rounders. She has also played for the NZ Women’s hockey team, the Black Sticks.