Sydney Thunder has re-signed youngster Kate Peterson for the next two years prior to the upcoming edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). The 17-year-old bowler has earned her first contract with Thunder in September 2019.
Notably, she has become the second graduate of the Thunder WBBL Academy after Hannah Darlington. Peterson used to open the bowling for her teams and put up a great show. Even her performance helped her to earn a new two-year contract in NSW Women’s Premier Cricket.
Like teenagers Phoebe Litchfield and Darlington, Kate Peterson has also come from the strong Cricket NSW pathway and played for NSW Metropolitan in 2019-20 Female Under 18 National Championships where she picked up 13 wickets which came at an impressive average of 13.4.
Meanwhile, Kate Peterson is looking forward to playing in the WBBL 06 as well.
“I loved my first season with Thunder and I’m really excited for the next two seasons ahead,” Peterson said. “Playing with the likes of Rene Farrell and obviously with Rachael Haynes as captain, I just feel like I learnt so much and really developed as a player.”
“It’d be a dream come true to break into the team and get a chance to debut this season,” she further added.
On the other hand, Sydney Thunder Head Coach Trevor Griffin revealed that Kate Peterson will play a key role in future.
“Kate’s desire and commitment to improve really stood out and I know she’s worked incredibly hard on her game over the winter,” Griffin said.
“For somebody so young, she can execute a yorker well and she’s a real competitor in the field. She’s a really exciting prospect for the future. We’ve got a few changes in personnel this year and that’s going to give a number of players a chance to stake their claim and I have no doubt that Kate will be pushing to make her debut for Thunder,” again shared the head coach.
However, despite having the COVID-19 restrictions, Kate Peterson is eager to play the game.
“The support we get in regional areas of NSW is so important to the Thunder Nation,” Peterson said. “It’s great that we can connect with these communities virtually and hopefully inspire more girls and boys to play cricket this summer.”
Sydney Thunder Squad
Head Coach: Trevor Griffin
Squad for WBBL 06: Rachael Haynes (C), Sam Bates, Hannah Darlington, Saskia Horley, Shabnim Ismail, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Lauren Smith, Rachel Trenaman, Tahlia Wilson