The Melbourne Stars have signed veteran England player Lauren Winfield-Hill as their third & final overseas signing for the WBBL 2022-23.
Lauren Winfield-Hill who has proved her prowess in the Hundred 2022 by playing an integral role in the Oval Invincibles title win is all set to dazzle the field for Melbourne Stars in WBBL 08. She finished the Hundred 2022 as the fourth-highest run-scorer with an average of 54.75 & a strike rate of 136.
The swashbuckling wicket-keeper batter don the gloves for the Invincibles & could stand up as a backup player for Stars Nicole Faltum. Winfield has also featured in the WBBL for the Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes, & Adelaide Strikers.
“I’m really looking forward to joining up with the Stars, meeting the girls, the staff, and the fans,” Winfield-Hill said.
“I feel like I’m in a good space with my game at the moment and in some decent form so let’s hope that continues with the Stars.
“The group is a lovely blend of familiar faces for me with Jemi (Rodrigues), Caps (Alice Capsey), and JB (Jonathan Batty) but also some exciting youngsters who I’m looking forward to getting around.
“The WBBL is a great competition and I’m chuffed to be a part of it again,” Lauren Winfield added to her statement
Winfield Hill is the third overseas signing for the Melbourne Stars, joining fellow top-orders Jemimah Rodrigues & Alice Capsey. The trio’s contribution with the bat will be crucial for the Stars in the absence of Captain Meg Lanning who has taken an indefinite break from cricket.
“Lauren is a quality person and quality cricketer and it’s great to secure her signature for WBBL|08,” Stars general manager Blair Crouch said.
“She has been in red hot form in the Hundred and we hope she can continue that run of form when she arrives in Australia.
“Along with our coach, Jonathan Batty, I’m thrilled with the international talent we’ve been able to assemble and we look forward to announcing our final couple of list spots this month.”
The Melbourne Stars still have two local player spots left for WBBL 08. While the tournament is all set to begin with a blockbuster clash between the Sixers and the Heat in Mackay on October 13.
Melbourne Stars WBBL 2022-23 squad so far:
Meg Lanning (CA contracted), Annabel Sutherland (CA contracted), Jemimah Rodrigues (Ind), Lauren Winfield-Hill (Eng), Alice Capsey (Eng), Lucy Cripps, Sophie Day, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Kim Garth, Rhys McKenna, Sasha Moloney, Sophie Reid