Thunder win makes Johnson queen of WBBL

Sammy-Jo Johnson, of the Thunder, is the first cricketer ever to win three straight Big Bash titles.
Sammy-Jo Johnson, of the Thunder, is the first cricketer ever to win three straight Big Bash titles.

Sammy-Jo Johnson can consider herself queen of the WBBL after becoming the first person to win three straight Big Bash titles.

After making the move from Brisbane, Johnson completed her own three-peat in the Sydney Thunder's seven-wicket win over Melbourne Stars on Saturday.

The 28-year-old regularly beat the bat to finish with 2-11 from her four overs, including a superb two-over opening spell of 1-2 to help keep the Stars to 9-86.

"I actually had a text from (Heat player) Delissa Kimmince before the game and she said, 'good luck, I hope you're the lucky charm'," Johnson said.

"So maybe I am.

"I said to the girls when I got here it felt like a Brisbane Heat side from the WBBL04 group early doors.

"We had a couple of losses and big wins that went our way. We had the talent, experience and the X-factor in young players."

Her three straight titles are more than just dumb luck, with Johnson already known for her knack of performing in big games.

She was player of the match in the Heat's last-ball semi-final win over the Thunder two years ago.

The right-hander then smashed 27 off only 11 balls in last year's decider, as the Heat claimed the title over Adelaide.

She then starred with the ball in both the semi-final and final this year for the Thunder, finishing as the WBBL's leading wicket-taker with 22 at 14.81.

"She has so much more to offer and grow in her game," captain Rachael Haynes said.

"There is so much upside.

"She has been outstanding for us. That shone through in the past two games with her experience under pressure.

"The thing that really stood out was just how composed she was in big moments. It's a sign of a quality player."

Johnson's performances in the Heat's maiden win two years ago had some believing she could be a possible for the Australia's Ashes squad.

She has since played in the A side, but with her performances in big games is yet to give up on one day earning her chance.

"I've said from the start I always hope to represent Australia," Johnson said.

"But if I can keep contributing to the Thunder and hopefully the (NSW) Breakers when I get the chance to pull on the blue shirt, that's what I'm here to do."

Australian Associated Press