Sunrisers are delighted to be able to announce that six First Team players have signed new professional deals with the club.
Amara Carr, Kelly Castle, Jo Gardner, Cordelia Griffith, Grace Scrivens, and Mady Villiers have all committed their futures to the club by signing extensions to their previous Sunrisers contracts.
All six players have played key roles for the club with all but Griffith featuring in the first ever competitive Sunrisers fixture in August 2020, with the opening batter missing through injury, and have shown their qualities since.
Villiers has signed her first full Sunrisers deal having moved away from an England contract, which will allow her to spent valuable time with the squad over the winter. The other five players have signed extensions to their previous deals, as they all held full time professional contracts last summer.
Carr and Griffith were two of the first Sunrisers professionals, having originally signed deals in 2020, whilst Castle, Gardner and Scrivens signed full-time a year later.
With the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announcing this week that the funding for player contracts has increased, it has allowed new Head Coach, Andy Tennant, and Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, Danni Warren, the opportunity to award further professional contracts later this winter.
Upon the announcement of these new contracts, Warren said:
“We are thrilled that these six high-quality cricketers have committed their futures to Sunrisers, as they have all been a significant part of the club since we started. I’m really pleased with the journey that this group has been on over the past few months, and these girls will continue to drive us forward into the right direction.
Grace had an outstanding summer last year and she’ll be wanting to kick on from that and do even better, so it’s exciting to see how far she can go. Mady also had a great season with the ball, and has the determination to prove her point and get back into the England setup.
Amara and Cordelia struggled with injuries, but when they were fit they were excellent for us and they’ll be working hard in the winter, whilst Kelly and Jo have been model professionals throughout their time with us and are key parts of this group, both on and off the field.
We’re looking at one or two additions to the group to supplement what we already have, which we believe will help us to become a successful team in the near future.”