Newcastle’s Corinne Hall will add another feather to her cricketing cap this weekend when she leads out a Women’s Big Bash League franchise for the first time.
The 30-year-old all-rounder, who attended high school at St Mary’s, Gateshead, has been named skipper of the Hobart Hurricanes for the upcoming summer.
“I’m very proud to represent this group, in particular, who I’ve played with for a long time now,” Hall told Hurricanes media at this week’s season launch.
“Obviously the leadership role is something that will be quite a challenge, especially for me not having done a lot in previous years.
“But I’ve got a great group around me with three or four solid players that have led teams before. I think it will be a good collaborative effort and something I’m really excited about this year.”
It will be a special moment for the 2004-2005 Steve Waugh rising star award recipient when Hobart meets the Adelaide Strikers at Glenelg on both Saturday and Sunday.
She’s hopeful the Hurricanes can start this campaign on the right foot and make a third straight finals series but eventually wants to go all the way in 2017-2018.
“Any team entering the Big Bash this year wants to go all the way and win the title,” Hall said. “For us we’ll focus on starting off well and then hopefully gain some momentum throughout the competition. Hopefully that’s enough to see us in the finals and give us a shot.”
Elsewhere and Hunter spinners Maisy Gibson and Samantha Bates have both been named for the Sydney Thunder this weekend.
The Thunder tackle the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers at North Sydney Oval on Saturday and Sunday respectively.