FORMER Bangalow cricketer Angela Reakes will be joined by Maclean teenager Carly Leeson at the Sydney Sixers in the Women's Big Bash League for a second straight year.
Reakes was part of the winning Sixers line-up last summer and they will be the team to beat again with Australian players Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry in the side.
She is no stranger to playing in strong teams, having been part of the dominant New South Wales team in the Women's National Cricket League for several years before moving to Canberra to play for the ACT.
Meanwhile, Leeson re-signed with the Sixers on her 19th birthday yesterday, capping a big 12 months.
She played just one game for the Sixers last season, but made a mark in the two overs she bowled, taking two wickets for just 11 runs.
"Carly is another of our exciting young players who brings a different skill set to our squad,” coach Ben Sawyer said.
"Her medium-pace bowling can be very challenging at times and she was rewarded for her hard work last season with her debut WBBL match, taking a wicket with her very first delivery.
"I know that this experience has driven her to work even harder on her game and I am certain we will all see the benefits of that work this season.”
After being accepted into the University of NSW to study Environmental Management, Leeson made the move to Sydney and has been training with the NSW Breakers squad ahead of the WBBL season.
"I'm definitely very happy to be back,” she said.
"It's a great feeling knowing you contributed to the team last year and then get signed again so definitely looking forward to another great season with the Sixers.
"I didn't play that many games last year so I'm obviously looking to become a regular starter in the team and make a contribution.”
The Sixers will start their campaign on December 9 at North Sydney Oval against the Melbourne Stars before backing up on the Sunday against the Sydney Thunder.