Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Molineux signs two-year extension with Melbourne Renegades. Molineux has played 87 WBBL matches for Renegades since debuting as a teenager in the inaugural edition
Molineux has played 87 WBBL matches for Renegades since debuting as a teenager in the inaugural edition
Melbourne Renegades Women’s captain and most-capped player Sophie Molineux has signed a two-year contract extension with the club, until the ninth edition of the Women’s Big Bash League in 2024.
Molineux, 24, was appointed captain ahead of the 2021 season and led Renegades to their maiden final appearance.
“I’m super pumped and really, really optimistic and looking forward to the next couple of years – especially after the last 12 months that we’ve had,” Molineux said. “I was really lucky to have had that first year of captaincy under Simon Helmot. He definitely took me under his wing, and we had a great group of girls who were very willing to play any role they could for the team.
“It would have been nicer to have gone a couple (of games) deeper in the competition and have won it, but we’ve got a bit of a building block and a template to how we want to play and how we want to feel as a group off the field as well.
“I’m really looking forward to this year, to be able to come back to Melbourne, bring it back to our home state and play some home games in front of our fans.”
Molineux has played 87 WBBL matches for Renegades since debuting as a teenager in the inaugural edition, and is a two-time T20 WC winner having represented Australia across all three formats for the game.
The allrounder was among the tournament’s most economical bowlers (5.85) in the seventh edition, despite regularly bowling in the PowerPlay. She claimed 10 wickets with her left-arm spin to take her WBBL tally to 67.
“Sophie is one of the best spin bowlers in Australia and a fantastic all-round cricketer who can impact games with bat, ball or in the field,” Melbourne Renegades General Manager, James Rosengarten, said.
“At just 24 years of age, she is already a proven performer on the international stage and her best cricket is still to come.
“As a captain, Sophie was outstanding last year and her partnership with Simon Helmot in his first year as coach was a real game-changer for us. Sophie is a fierce competitor who leads by example on the field, has a great grasp on the game tactically and has helped to drive a strong culture within the group.
“Sophie is a passionate Renegades person and we couldn’t be more excited to have her committed to being a key part of our future.”