READY TO PLAY: Courtney Sippel will play her debut season for the Brisbane Heat in the WBBL.
READY TO PLAY: Courtney Sippel will play her debut season for the Brisbane Heat in the WBBL. Queensland Cricket

Burnett cricketer scores Big Bash signing

COURTNEY Sippel will play her first season in the Women's Big Bash League this season as a new signing for the Brisbane Heat.

The 17-year-old Murgon junior cricketer will be a key player for the team as the club secures up-and-coming talent.

Heat coach Pete McGiffin said the club was pleased to have such exciting talent to choose from.

"Courtney has been knocking on the door for a while now to take the next step, so this is a great opportunity for her to demonstrate her skills now,” McGiffin said.

Sippel has been signed alongside 15-year-old all-rounder Charli Knott, the second-youngest player to debut for the Heat.

"We're delighted that Charli and Courtney have enjoyed the chance to play juniors and rep cricket within the Queensland female pathways, where they have worked hard and made the most of the chances that have come their way,” McGiffin said.

"It's an important investment in the Heat's future and also for Queensland Cricket to have the girls part of this squad.

"I'm sure the experience of playing and training alongside the likes of Beth Mooney, Delissa Kimmince and Jess Jonassen will benefit them no end.”

New signings Charlie Knott and Courtney Sippel.
New signings Charlie Knott and Courtney Sippel. Queensland Cricket

On the pitch, Sippel will come up against Queensland Fire teammate and Kingaroy junior Holly Ferling who will be playing her first season with the Melbourne Stars this year.

Sippel, a bowling all-rounder, joins fellow Murgon product Renee Irvine as having been signed by the Heat.

The Heat will play their opening match of the WBBL04 season against the Adelaide Strikers on Sunday, December 2 at Junction Oval before travelling to Sydney for matches against the Perth Scorchers on Saturday, December 8 and the Sydney Thunder on Sunday, December 9.

The Heat's first home match will be the double-header at the Gabba on December 19 coinciding with the opening match of the Big Bash League between the Heat and the Adelaide Strikers.