The WBBL included an option for players to not be available in the draft and instead sign with a club afterwards for a reduced fee of up to AU$61,750 – 95% of the value of the silver category.
“Minnie is a proven match-winner with the bat, especially in Australian conditions,” Heat coach Ashley Noffke said. “She is a calm and composed leader and a great person, so naturally we are thrilled to have her joining the Heat for the summer.”
The other players who took the direct nomination route are Amy Jones, Lizelle Lee, Suzie Bates and Tammy Beaumont. Jones is expected to join Perth Scorchers with Bates returning to Sydney Sixers, Beaumont heading to Melbourne Renegades and Lee to Hurricanes.