Sophie Molineux signs two-years contract extension with Melbourne Renegades

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Sophie Molineux signs two-years contract extension with Melbourne Renegades

Melbourne Renegades Women’s team Captain & the most capped Player Sophie Molineux has signed a two-year contract extension with the franchise until the ninth edition of the Womne’s Big Bash League in 2024. Molineux who was appointed as the Captain of the club ahead of the WBBL 07 Season, led Renegades to their maiden final appearance in the WBBL 07.

“I’m super pumped and really, really optimistic and looking forward to the next couple of years – especially after the last 12 months that we’ve had,” Molineux said. “I was really lucky to have had that first year of captaincy under Simon Helmot. He definitely took me under his wing, and we had a great group of girls who were very willing to play any role they could for the team.

“It would have been nicer to have gone a couple (of games) deeper in the competition and have won it, but we’ve got a bit of a building block and a template to how we want to play and how we want to feel as a group off the field as well.

“I’m really looking forward to this year, to be able to come back to Melbourne, bring it back to our home state, and play some home games in front of our fans.”

Sophie Molineux has played 87 WBBL matches for Melbourne Renegades since making her debut for the club in the inaugural edition of the league. Molineux was a part of a two-time World Cup-winning squad & has represented Australia across all three formats of the game.

In the WBBL 04 edition, Molineux became the fourth player in the WBBL’s history to score 300 runs & take 15 wickets in a season at just 21 years of age. She also became the second WBBL player behind teammate Molly Strano to play 50 games as a Renegade. The all-rounder was among the tournament’s most economical bowlers (5.85) in the seventh edition. She claimed 10 wickets with her left-arm spin to take her WBBL wickets tally to 67.

“Sophie is one of the best spin bowlers in Australia and a fantastic all-round cricketer who can impact games with bat, ball, or in the field,” Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten, said.

“At just 24 years of age, she is already a proven performer on the international stage and her best cricket is still to come.

“As a captain, Sophie was outstanding last year, and her partnership with Simon Helmot in his first year as coach was a real game-changer for us. Sophie is a fierce competitor who leads by example on the field, has a great grasp of the game tactically, and has helped to drive a strong culture within the group.

“Sophie is a passionate Renegades person and we couldn’t be more excited to have her committed to being a key part of our future.”

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