By Graham Hardcastle
Coach Paul Grayson believes Yorkshire Diamonds have recruited well, led by their trio of overseas players, for this summer’s Kia Super League.
Grayson will have Australian duo Beth Mooney and Delissa Kimmince at his disposal alongside Sri Lanka’s Chamari Atapattu as the Diamonds search for their maiden Finals Day appearance.
Wicketkeeper bat Mooney was a Diamond in 2016, while big hitting all-rounder Atapattu also returns to Emerald Headingley having played last year.
Seamer Kimmince, a Big Bash team-mate of Mooney’s at Brisbane Heat, gets her first taste of the KSL.
The Diamonds begin their campaign against champions Western Storm at Taunton on Sunday, a televised clash on Sky Sports (2.30pm).
“Beth had a bit of an injury, so she couldn’t join us last year,” said Grayson.
“She’s a top player who’s had a very good winter for Australia and was one of the leading run-scorers in the Women’s Big Bash (fourth best with 465 runs from 14 matches, including five fifties).
“She gives us so much balance. She’s going to keep wicket and open the batting.
“The same goes for Atapattu. She’s going to bat three or open and bowl off-spin.
“It gives you more options and depth. You can play an extra batter or whatever you feel like you need more of.
“I think Beth feels like she has a bit of unfinished business from her previous time with us a couple of years ago. We’re happy with both of those signings.
“Delissa is also a good all-round cricketer.
“We’ve done a bit of research on her in terms of match-winning contributions and all that kind of thing. She’s played a very important role for Australia recently and is a great character.
“All three, we’re very happy with.”