A WBBL showdown for Clarence Valley duo?
WOMEN'S CRICKET: Two Clarence Valley products are shaping up to go head to head for the first time when the 2016/7 Women's Big Bash League gets underway this weekend.
As a new signing for the Sydney Sixers, Harwood teenager Carly Leeson will be hoping to be selected to make her debut at North Sydney Oval this Sunday against a Brisbane Heat side featuring former Grafton cricketer and established state player Kara Sutherland.
After being part of the Sixers' fairytale run to the finals in the inaugural WBBL, Sutherland made the move north in the offseason to suit up for Queensland Fire in the Women's National Cricket League and now the Heat in the WBBL.
Having successfully returned from an injury to feature in the Fire's final three matches of the WNCL, including the disappointing nine-wicket loss to NSW Breakers in last Saturday's final, Sutherland will be hoping for a huge campaign for her new teammates with bat and ball.
The Heat have an exciting roster this season including two big-name imports in Indian opener Smriti Mandhana and West Indies vice-captain Deandra Dottin.
Meanwhile, Leeson is fresh from playing a lead role for NSW in its recent Under-18 Female National Championships win in Hobart and will be determined to prove her worth at senior level.
She also came home to open the batting for Harwood in the Lower Clarence First Grade competition at Yamba on Saturday.
The other six WBBL teams will play their opening matches this Saturday.