Welsh Fire have signed Australian international Beth Mooney as an overseas player for this year’s first edition of The Hundred.
Mooney was part of the Australian T20 World Cup winning team last week and will join up with the South Western based franchise for the tournament this summer.
The new approach to fast paced cricket will see each team face 100 balls in a new attempt to get fans into cricket. The competition also recently announced equal prize money for both men’s and women’s competitions.
Mooney scored 78 as Australia thrashed India to retain their T20 title
The tournaments will be available to watch free to air on the BBC, with Welsh Fire women’s first game set to get underway at 11am at Trent Bridge against the Trent Rockets on July 25, with finals day in Hove on July 14.
Mooney joins fellow Aussies Meg Lanning and Jess Jonassen as Welsh Fire’s overseas stars, and she said: “I’m really excited to take part in the first season of The Hundred. It looks likes it is developing into a high quality, world class competition.
“As Head Coach, Matthew Mott is building a really strong side at Welsh Fire and I can’t wait to get out there with my new teammates.”
Other franchises have also made signings, with Ashleigh Gardner joining Birmingham Phoenix and Nicola Carey joining Northern Superchargers.
South African duo Marizanne Kapp and Chloe Tryon will join Oval Invincibles and London Spirit respectively.