SOUTHERN Vipers all-rounder Alice Monaghan has extended her stay at the Ageas Bowl-based side.

Monaghan, 23, has signed a one-year contract which means she will stay a Viper until at least the end of the 2024 season.

Monaghan first joined the Vipers in 2020 having previously played for Yorkshire Diamonds and Loughborough Lightning in the Women’s Cricket Super League in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

She featured in every match for the Vipers in their successful 2020 season and also played a key part in winning the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in 2021.

She also played 17 times in 2023 as the club completed an historic double.

Discussing the contract extension, Monaghan said: “I’m thrilled that the Vipers have put their faith in me for another year and have chosen to renew my contract.

“I love being a part of this team and I look forward to being part of what will hopefully be another trophy-winning season!”

Monaghan was awarded her first professional contract with the club in April 2023, along with four other players.

The 23 year old responded to that by putting in career-best performances with both bat and ball, scoring 34 not out against Sunrisers, and taking 2-19 against South East Stars.

Adam Carty, regional director of women’s cricket, added: “We are delighted to award Alice with a contract extension.

"She has worked incredibly hard on her game over the past twelve months, and the return on her efforts are showing on the pitch.

“Alice has demonstrated explosive skills with ball and bat across the summer that’s suggested she’s a player of much potential, with a high ceiling.

"We look forward to seeing her progress further over the coming year.”

To date, Monaghan has taken nine wickets for the Vipers and has scored 155 runs in 34 matches, and has also taken 14 catches patrolling the boundary rope.

She has also played 14 times for London Spirit in the Hundred, scoring 11 runs and taking six catches.