The Sydney Sixers have kicked off the upcoming Big Bash season in style, with two big name, long term contracts landing on the General Manager’s desk.
The first is that of Australian fast bowler Lauren Cheatle, who has joined the Sydney Sixers from cross town rivals the Sydney Thunder. She is also the first player to sign a multi-year contract under the new Memorandum of Understanding that allows women to sign multi-year WBBL deals for the first time.
Cheatle, who is returning from shoulder surgery that kept her out of the recent Women’s World Cup 2017 squad, has signed with the Club for the coming three seasons.
"We are very excited to have secured the services of Lauren for the next 3 seasons,” said Head Coach Ben Sawyer.
“I have been lucky enough to work with Lauren from a young age and it was evident even back then that Lauren was going to be a success in this game.
“Her skill set, but more importantly, her attitude and personality complement the attacking mindset that this squad has developed over the past two seasons. Lauren's left arm swing bowling is a skill that we were looking to add to our attack and we are excited to see her take it up to opposition batters in WBBL03"
The second big signature is that of Priceline Pharmacy, who have re-committed as the Club WBBL Principal Partner, also for a three-year term.
The partnership, born of both parties’ desire to put women’s sport at the forefront of the public consciousness, continues supporting Priceline Pharmacy’s ‘100% Woman’ campaign that was introduced to market last season.
“We are proud to be extending our support of the Sydney Sixers women’s team for the next three years, after a great year of our inaugural sponsorship. Our customers are excited by the rise in prominence of women’s sport and we want to recognise that by generating even more exposure for these world class athletes, as well as driving attendance to games and engaging directly with fans at matches,” said Priceline Pharmacy General Manager – Marketing, Mark O’Keefe.
Sixers General Manager Dominic Remond said the two contracts were a great start to the Club’s campaign.
“We really couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season,” said Remond.
“We are lucky to have partners like Priceline Pharmacy who share similar values to the Club and want to further women’s sport in this country, and we are really looking forward to both working towards that vision over the next three years.
“In regards to Lauren Cheatle, we are delighted to have a player of her calibre join the Club, especially on a multi-year deal,” he said.
“With the ushering in of the new MOU, we can finally offer multi-year contracts that will allow us to build consistency into our team structure and plan for the future.
“Lauren’s signature is a wonderful addition to a very strong squad and we are hopeful of keeping many of our Championship players together for the foreseeable future.”
The WBBL season starts with the Opening Weekend on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December at North Sydney Oval. The Sixers will also play three double headers at the SCG, as well as three home games at Hurstville Oval.
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