All five New South Wales Breakers contracted with Cricket Australia have retained their contracts for next season.
Breakers captain Alyssa Healy, Australian vice-captain Rachael Haynes, allrounders Ashleigh Gardner, Nicola Carey and departing Breaker Ellyse Perry were five of the 14 female players awarded Cricket Australia contracts for 2019/20.
Perry will move to Victoria next season to be with her husband Matt Toomua, who has joined the Melbourne Rebels for the next three seasons.
The 14 players awarded a national contract are set for an unprecedented year ahead that includes a Women's Ashes campaign in England, and culminates with the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, being hosted in Australia.
The Australian Women’s team will be aiming to defend its T20 World Cup title with the final to be played at the MCG on International Women's Day, 2020.
Five NSW players, including four Breakers, were also included in the 2019 Women’s National Performance Squad.
Breakers left-arm pace bowler Lauren Cheatle, right-arm quick Belinda Vakarewa, 17-year-old allrounder Rachel Trenaman and opening batter Tahlia Wilson, 19, are the four Breakers selected in that 14-player squad.
Australian Under 19 and NSW Metro Under 18 wicketkeeper-batter Maddy Darke is the other NSW player selected in the performance squad.
The five Breakers retained on the national contract list were all part of the Australian squad that won the Women’s World T20 title during November in the West Indies.
Healy was named Player of the Tournament largely due to her dynamic performance with the bat. She made 225 runs at an average of 56.25.
The wicketkeeper also completed four catches and as many stumpings.
Her performances across all levels, internationally and domestically, earned her the Belinda Clark Award for the most outstanding Australian Women’s player in 2018/19.
In January, she was also named the best Women’s T20 player in world cricket. Since the beginning of 2018, Healy has scored 578 runs in that format at 41.3, and completed 23 dismissals, including 10 catches and 13 stumpings.
In her first year as captain, Healy led the Breakers to their 20th WNCL title in the 23 years of the competition.
Carey was named Player of the Match in the final against Queensland that sealed the title for the Breakers. She made her highest score of the season, in the first innings, with 50 from 67 balls.
Her score was pivotal to the Breakers total of 7/259. Carey also claimed 3-39, best figures for the match, to help NSW dismiss Queensland for 228.
Perry also enjoyed her best season as captain of the Sydney Sixers. The leading One-Day International allrounder obliterated the record for most runs in a WBBL season with 777 runs at 86.33.
Cheatle, Vakarewa and Trenaman all retained their place in the National Performance Squad from last season.
It is the first time Darke and Wilson have been selected in the squad on the back of break out seasons in Women’s Premier Cricket.
Wilson finished the season as the leading run-scorer in the competition. From six matches, she posted 471 runs at the extraordinary average of 235.5.
Darke, who celebrated her 18th birthday in the past week, was second on the leading run-scorers list. She made 414 runs at 82.8 that included her first three centuries in the top grade.
A superb finish to the season for Cheatle earned her a recall to the Australian Women’s One-Day International squad.
She claimed seven wickets in her last three WNCL matches, including two Player of the Match performances in must-win matches for the Breakers, during the final preliminary rounds. This included career best figures of 4-42 against ACT.
2019-20 CA Women’s Contract List
Nicole Bolton (WA)
Nicola Carey (NSW)
Ashleigh Gardner (NSW)
Rachael Haynes (NSW)
Alyssa Healy (NSW)
Jessica Jonassen (QLD)
Delissa Kimmince (QLD)
Meg Lanning (VIC)
Sophie Molineux (VIC)
Beth Mooney (QLD)
Ellyse Perry (NSW)
Megan Schutt (SA)
Elyse Villani (VIC)
Georgia Wareham (VIC)
2019 Women’s National Performance Squad (NPS)
Lauren Cheatle, 20 (NSW)
Maddy Darke, 18 (NSW)
Josie Dooley, 19 (QLD)
Nicole Faltum, 19 (VIC)
Heather Graham, 22 (WA)
Alana King, 23 (VIC)
Maitlan Brown, 21 (ACT)
Tahlia McGrath, 23 (SA)
Annabel Sutherland, 17 (VIC)
Rachel Trenaman, 17 (NSW)
Belinda Vakarewa, 21 (NSW)
Tayla Vlaeminck, 20 (VIC)
Amanda-Jade Wellington, 21 (SA)
Tahlia Wilson, 19 (NSW)