WBBL: Former Ireland International, Kim Grath has committed her services to Melbourne Stars on a long-term basis after signing a three-year contract with them. By signing a three-year contract extension, Grath has secured her future in the Australian Cricket.
Kim Grath 26, has played 85 times for Ireland in ODI and T20I cricket but has not represented her country since 2019 and relocated to Australia on a full-time basis in 2020 after signing a contract with Victoria in the WNCL. However, Grath has obtained permanent residency in Australia in 2021 & will now be considered as a Local Player.
Kim Grath joined the Stars ahead of WBBL|07 last summer as one of their international signings having previously represented the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers. Garth emerged as a shining star for Stars in a dismal WBBL|07 season where they were struggling to deliver. She finished as the player of the season by scalping 15 wickets including a remarkable opening spell of 3-3-0-3 against Sydney Thunder and averaging 27.33 with the bat. Grath will continue to play for Melbourne Stars under the guidance of New Coach Jonathan Batty.
“I’m loving my time in Melbourne and I can’t wait for the next three seasons with the Melbourne Stars,” Grath said.
“I haven’t been home [to Ireland] for over two years so it has been great to get back in the offseason but I’m looking forward to getting back and putting in a solid block of work before the start of the season and working with Jonathan and the entire coaching team.
“I haven’t had the chance to play in front of our members and fans at home yet which is something I’m really looking forward to in WBBL08.”
Stars general manager Blair Crouch was delighted to secure Garth for three more years.
“Her energy on and off the field is infectious and her impact on the group in a short time has been profound,” Couch said.
Kim has worked extremely hard on her game over the last couple of seasons and her improvement with both bat and ball is a credit to that hard work,” Couch added to his statement