The Sydney Sixers have today announced Joe Mennie as their newest signing for the upcoming BBL this summer.
Mennie joins the Sixers after spending the last few years at the Hurricanes and starts a busy recruiting period for the Sixers, who have three spots remaining on their roster for BBL|06.
Originally from Coffs Harbour, Mennie has spent most of his first class career playing for South Australia, but the opportunity to spend the festive period in Sydney was too good an opportunity to pass up.
“I’m really looking forward to getting home and spending some quality time with good people over Christmas,” said Mennie about his return.
“I got the call from my manager saying that he’d been approached by the Sixers and that they were keen to sign me. I thought it would be a great opportunity, the Sixers are obviously a great brand and a great team, I’ve spent a lot of time in Sydney, I love Sydney, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.”
Mennie’s signing aims to boost the bowling stocks of the Sixers, however he is also handy with the bat, recently scoring 50no in the Australia A match against South Africa A in Brisbane. He took Man of the Match honours for his contribution which included a five wicket haul in the second innings.
Sixers Head Coach Greg Shipperd is delighted to have one of Australia’s emerging fast bowlers joining the Club for BBL|06.
“Joe has won admiration for his continual development as a player winning selection in the current Aust A series and performing with distinction,” Shipperd said.
“He also was the leading wicket-taker in Shield cricket with a monster 51 wickets bowling some 429 overs. T20 is a different beast of course but Joe brings skills in all three key areas of the game and I couldn’t be happier with his signing.
“We have been watching Joe’s development closely in all game formats and believe he brings a maturity and experience that will complement our squad. With access to our CA stars Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood limited, this is a critical and strategic signing bringing another quality bowler to join Doug Bollinger and Sean Abbott.”
Sixers General Manager Dominic Remond agreed with Shipperd comments, saying “Joe had an outstanding first class season last year and will be a great complement to our existing roster.
“We currently have six of our front line bowlers in the Australian squad and being able to add depth of Joe’s quality provides a great backup option. It is always good to have a New South Welshman return home and have the chance to play in front of his family and friends.
Mennie remains with the Australia A squad for the remainder of their tour in Queensland before returning to South Australia for the Matador BBQ Cup and Shield tournaments. He will link up with the Sixers in early December and the group comes into camp.