Beth Mooney behind the stumps during the WBBL's opening games.
Beth Mooney behind the stumps during the WBBL's opening games. JONO SEARLE

Southern Star Mooney picks up two ICC awards

REIGNING Women's Big Bash League's most valuable player Beth Mooney can add two more trophies to her growing cabinet, but the wicket keeper-batter says she would trade it all for a Women's World Cup.

Mooney, who played her junior cricket in Hervey Bay, was named the International Cricket Council's ICC Women's Twenty20 International and Emerging Player award winner.

It comes one month since she blasted her first T20I century in Australia's six-wicket loss to England during the Ashes.

She scored an unbeaten 117 from 70 balls at Canberra, in a phenomenal innings that featured 19 boundaries and a six.

But Mooney, who will play for Brisbane Heat against Melbourne Renegades today and tomorrow, said that while she was happy to earn the honours, she would trade it for a World Cup.

"It's nice to be recognised but I don't play sport for the personal records,” she said.

"My aim is to contribute to the success of every team I represent. I'd gladly trade them to have a World Cup in the cabinet.”

Mooney finished her first two WBBL innings with scores of 23 and 10, hitting five fours and a six in her relatively short stays at the crease. The 23-year-old said she would not approach the upcoming games against the Renegades with any goal other than to finish the weekend with two wins.

"I think the priority for me is to win games, and lead from the front,” she said.

"Whatever that looks like.

"Whether it's a 50 next to my name or a duck, just as long as we finish wins against our names.”

The return to domestic cricket also means Mooney returns to her favoured role as wicket-keeper, a spot Alyssa Healy occupies in the Australian team.

The sixth-placed Heat sit sixth on the WBBL table, but are the only team to have played two games.


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