Perth Scorchers recruit Jemma Barsby prepares for a lot of jokes as she takes on Saturday at Allan Border Field against her former team-mates Brisbane Heat.
Barsby, the daughter of former Queensland player Trevor, was a member of the triumphant WBBL | 04 squads of the Heat but has moved west for the current Rebel WBBL season.
She did not have to wait long to connect with her former teammates, many of whom are still playing alongside Barsby for Queensland, at the Scorchers section of Brisbane’s WBBL | 05 Festival Weekend to measure, and the spinner expects a lot of good-natured chatter.
“It’s a bit different but nice to be home for a few days, and I can not wait to get out,” said Barsby, a right-arm off-spinner who can also bowl with her left arm.
“It will be interesting (against former teammates), I’m just trying to treat it as a club game.
“It will be a really good challenge to play people who know how to punch and fly, which is a really good test.”
Barsby, 24, said she had made the decision to jump to the Scorchers to face another lineup after serving Queensland for most of a decade and for the Heat since WBBL | 01 had played.
“I’ve been in Queensland for nine years so it was a nice change to come over the West, learn a new set-up and hopefully develop my skills there and get a little more opportunity,” she said.
“It was great to be by the side of Meg Lanning and Nicole Bolton and the other internationals and to learn from them was great.
“Since we’re in the West, we’re in our own little bubble, away from the hustle and bustle there, so I really enjoyed it.”
In the off-season, The Heat has signed a spinner and secured the signature of youthful leg-spin sensation Amelia Kerr.
The New Zealand import immediately made an impression on her Big Bash debut last weekend when she won three goals in four balls against the Sydney Sixers.
“She’s a high-profile player and that’s why the heat has it,” said Barsby. “It’s about figuring out when she’s going to play the wrong game. “We looked at a few shots of her bowling so we can hopefully put pressure on her again tomorrow morning.”