The Melbourne Stars today announced Kathleen Hempenstall as their latest signing for the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League.
Hempenstall made her first appearance for the Stars at the MCG earlier today for the Melbourne Stars School Holiday Clinic, along with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and new recruit Sam Harper.
The right-arm medium bowler will bring experience to the Stars’ bowling attack after making her Victorian debut in 2009.
The 27-year-old commented on the excitement of the Women’s Big Bash League and acknowledged the opportunity to welcome new fans to the game.
“I think the WBBL is really exciting for not only women’s cricket but women’s sport in general,” Hempenstall said.
“We are going to be able to showcase our skills on some of the best grounds around Australia against some of the world’s best players.
“It’s really exciting for us and a good opportunity to promote the game and welcome new fans.”
“It’s made a clear pathway from playing grassroots to playing right at the top level and young girls playing cricket around the country can now aspire to play for their state or play in the Big Bash one day.”
Spending a large portion of the 2014-15 season sidelined due to injury, Hempenstall only managed to take to the field on four occasions for Victoria.
In the previous season, Hempenstall took 16 wickets in 13 WT20 matches, completed 2013-14 as the VicSpirit's leading wicket-taker along with being the third highest of the competition.
Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Hempenstall noted that she was eager to step out onto the field under new coach David Hemp.
“To be honest, we have been training for so long that I just can’t wait to get out and play,” Hempenstall said.
“Hempy’s very technical and extremely enthusiastic. He brings a wealth of experience, having scored a lot of runs over in the UK and around the world. We are very lucky to have him.”
Away from cricket, Hempenstall keeps busy as an exercise physiologist at Maribyrnong Sports Academy, where she works with injured athletes, helping them get back to playing sport.
Hempenstall joins captain Meg Lanning, Anna Lanning, Emma Inglis and Emma Kearney on the Melbourne Stars’ list.
View the Melbourne Stars’ WBBL|01 fixture here.
Melbourne Stars contracted players to date
- Premier Cricket Club
Meg Lanning - Box Hill
Kathleen Hempenstall - Prahran
Emma Inglis - Prahran
Emma Kearney - Essendon Maribyrnong Park
Anna Lanning - Box Hill