Tasmania confirm signings of Elyse Villani and Molly Strano | Cricket

Heading south: Molly Strano and Elyse Villani have both moved to Tasmania © Getty Images

The long-expected moves of Elyse Villani and Molly Strano to Tasmania have been confirmed at the side of the signing of Hayley Silver-Holmes from New South Wales.

Securing Villani and Strano is particularly remarkable as it gives Tasmania both the leading run-scorer and leading wicket-taker from final season’s WNCL.

Villani was once prolific with the bat as she scored 611 runs at 87.28 with three centuries while Strano captured 14 wickets at 14.42.

Offspinner Strano, who was once a part of Australia’s successful T20 World Cup squad final year, was once a late addition to Australia’s tour of New Zealand even though did not feature in any of the matches but Villani has not been selected since early 2019.

Silver-Holmes made her WBBL debut for Sydney Sixers aged 15 and her WNCL debut for New South Wales at 16 making her the second-youngster player for state. She will bolster Tasmania’s pace-bowling resources as they look to build on final season’s third-place finish.

“It is a in point of fact exciting group of players we’ve got here at the Tigers,” head coach Salliann Beams said. “We’ve worked to build both our program and our list during the last few years, and with the additions to our playing group this year, it is a testimony to the staff and players inside our program – in addition to the wider organisation – that we’ve got players of this calibre wanting to be part of our team.”

Amy Smith, the 16-year-old legspinner, is one of the current Tasmania players to signal new deals at the side of former New Zealand wicketkeeper Rachel Priest. Emma Thompson will overlook the 2021-22 season on maternity leave.

Tasmania squad Chloe Abel, Nicola Carey (CA contracted), Maisy Gibson, Heather Graham, Corinne Corridor, Emma Manix-Geeves, Sasha Moloney, Rachel Priest, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Amy Smith, Emily Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Emma Thompson (maternity leave 2021-22), Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani.

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