Wrenthorpe land ‘major coup’ by signing Aussie star

Beth Mooney in action for Queensland.
Beth Mooney in action for Queensland.

Wrenthorpe Ladies Cricket Club have signed Australian women’s international player Beth Mooney.

The 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman will play for Wrenthorpe in the Ladies Northern Division One League.

Mooney plays her domestic cricket for Queensland Fire in Cricket Australia’s Women’s National League and helped them to a runners-up spot during the 2014-15 campaign.

She will arrive at the Wakefield club next month and is expected to play most of the season for Wrenthorpe Ladies.

Beth will also play for the Yorkshire women’s team in their Division One county campaign this summer.

The talented left-hander, who was part of Australia’s successful T20 World Cup squad that won the tournament in 2014, will bat in the top-order and take up the wicket keeping duties from Lauren Winfield, so that the England international can concentrate on her batting and captaining the Yorkshire side.

As part of her cricket development, Beth will assist the coaching staff with the county age group teams and work with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation during the week, specifically promoting women’s cricket across the region.

Carol Hodkinson, Wrenthorpe’s girls and ladies development manager, said: “It is a major coup to sign Beth and shows our commitment to develop and nurture the cricketing talent we have at Wrenthorpe.

“We are thrilled to welcome Beth to Wrenthorpe and to Yorkshire.

“As a club, we were looking to add to our squad this season and to attract an international player of Beth’s pedigree is fantastic news for Wrenthorpe and we are really grateful to all that have made this happen as we compete in Division One for the first time.

“Our off season is going well with sessions at Silcoates School on a Friday from 6 to 7.30pm.

“Yorkshire YCB have recently published a case study about Wrenthorpe girls and ladies cricket and use it as an example of best practice.

“ We are also pleased to announce that we have secured kit sponsorship through Harratts of Wakefield and D and R Plumbing and Heating Contractors in Barnsley and our new kit will be launched soon.

“Wrenthorpe girls and ladies team run three teams and are going to introduce a new initiative this 2015 season called Wren Fest.’

“Wren Fest is girls’ cricket for beginners in a festival format and is aimed at 8 to12 year olds.

“We want to introduce 20 more girls to the game of cricket this season and to encourage them to stay and play beyond 2015.”

Outdoor training for all girls begins on Friday, April 17 (6 to 7.30pm).

Outdoor training for the ladies begins Tuesday, April 14 (6 to 7pm). All players will be welcomed.

Anyone requiring more information contact the coach Andrew on 077 406 34 088.