Friday, January 27, 2023

Melbourne Renegades: Georgia Prestwidge joins the Renegades

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The Melbourne Renegades have bolstered their bowling stocks with the addition of fast bowler Georgia Prestwidge.

Prestwidge has signed a two-year deal to call the Renegades home until the end of WBBL|09.

The 24-year-old will make the move to Melbourne after spending the past six seasons with the Brisbane Heat.

A right-arm fast bowler, Prestwidge has collected 25 wickets in her 45 matches, including best figures of 4-12.

“I’m over the moon to be coming across to the Renegades,” Prestwidge said.

“When I made the decision, it just felt right. I felt like it was the right time in my career for a change of scenery and to test my cricket in a new environment.

“I’m a competitive person and I think the type of cricket the Renegades play will really suit my game. I’ll be trying to bowl at good pace, hit some sixes and I love fielding – so I’ll be bringing plenty of energy out there.

“I know the Renegades have a big following and a big fan base, so I’m looking forward to meeting some new people at our games in Victoria this summer.”

Prestwidge’s signing follows the recruitment of fellow fast bowlers Tayla Vlaeminck and Sarah Coyte, both on two-year deals.

She becomes the 10th local player on the club’s list aged 24 or under.

“Georgia’s been a player of interest to us for a little while now, and we’re delighted to have her joining the Renegades for the next two seasons,” Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten, said.

“We’ve looked to strengthen our pace bowling stocks this off-season and Georgia definitely helps in that department.

“She adds to what we believe is a really exciting group of local players aged under 25, who we hope will grow together over the coming seasons as we chase our first WBBL title.”

The Renegades will begin their campaign on October 16 against the Adelaide Strikers in Mackay.

Prestwidge’s signing leaves one primary list spot open for WBBL|08, with two replacement player positions available to cover Tayla Vlaeminck and Georgia Wareham as they continue their recovery from injuries.

Memberships and tickets for BBL and WBBL matches are now on sale. To view the full fixture for WBBL|08, click here.

WBBL|08 Squad (so far): Sophie Molineux (C), Sarah Coyte, Josie Dooley, Ellie Falconer, Ella Hayward, Shabnim Ismail, Harmanpreet Kaur, Carly Leeson, Hayley Matthews, Rhiann O’Donnell, Georgia Prestwidge, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham, Courtney Webb

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