Middlesex Women are pleased to announce that Australian Hayleigh Brennan will be joining the county for the 2018 season. Hayleigh has been part of the Shooting Stars performance programme whilst playing for VicSpirit and Melbourne Stars in the domestic WNCL and Big Bash respectively.
Georgia Isaac, Middlesex Women’s Content Coordinator, who spent the winter covering cricket in Melbourne gives a rundown of Hayleigh’s season:
Hayleigh Brennan will arrive at Middlesex in fine form, having finished her Australian season as the leading wicket-taker in Women’s Premier Firsts club cricket. This is a strong competition with internationals, Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and State players all involved. Brennan claimed an impressive 23 wickets at 9.31, across 12 matches, including 6-24 in a nail-biting finish to the One Day Grand Final which also saw her hit the winning runs for Box Hill.
Brennan’s 2017/18 season saw her selected for the Australia Governor-General’s XI which played a one-off T20 against England. The right arm quick tasted success with the first delivery of the game as she had England captain Heather Knight caught behind.
The young Victorian has also had a State contract with VicSpirit since 2016/17 and returned her best figures of 2-38, against South Australia.
After being contracted as a rookie in the inaugural WBBL season and then signing as a full player last year, Brennan made the step up as she debuted for Melbourne Stars this summer. Unfortunately injury ruled her out for the remainder of the tournament.
Speaking about Hayleigh’s arrival, Sanjay Patel, Middlesex Women’s Head Coach said...
“Hayleigh is a player who comes with an exciting reputation and fits well with the youthful dynamic of our squad. She brings depth and different experiences to our seam bowling attack and we are looking forward to her joining us for the summer."
Ahead of her arrival Hayleigh commented...
“I’m really looking forward to coming over to the UK to play for Middlesex. As a kid I have always dreamt about playing cricket all around the world and I’m extremely grateful that Middlesex has given me the opportunity to do that. Can’t wait to join the team and hit the ground running.”
Danni Warren, Head of Women’s Cricket, spoke of the impact that Hayleigh can have on the current squad...
“It is always beneficial to bring the right overseas player in to our environment, myself and Sanjay have spoken for a few months with Hayleigh and believe that her values and aspirations fit well with those of Middlesex. We are looking forward to her joining the squad and to seeing her develop and perform over the summer.”
Hayleigh will join up with the squad for the pre-season friendly against Mill Hill School Boys on Sunday 22nd April and will be part of the squad for Women’s Day at Lords on Tuesday 24th April, when Middlesex Women take on an MCC side.