Sixteen-year-old NSW Breakers and Australian Under 19 batter Phoebe Litchfield headlines the preliminary Under 18 and 15 Female ACT/NSW Country squads announced for the 2019/20 season.
Litchfield, who received her first Breakers contract in May, was one of 20 cricketers selected in the Under 18 squad. Seventeen Under 15 players were chosen.
Each squad will form the basis of selection for the Under 15 and 18 squads to compete at the National Championships for each age division next season.
The recent Under 14 and 17 State Challenge carnivals held at Raby Sports Complex in April were a key selection trial for both squads as they were for the NSW Metro squads.
Cricket NSW Female Talent Manager, Steve Jenkin, said he was happy with the quality of both squads with many new cricketers proceeding through the system.
“(ACT/NSW Country) lost all of their players from Under 15s last season, so they now have to rebuild”, said Jenkin.
“We saw some talented players out at the State Challenge, so we’re pretty happy with what they’re going to produce. A few of the regional coaches have also identified some players that are new to their region.”
Litchfield represented the Cricket Australia XI at the Under 18 National Championships last season. She was the leading run-scorer compiling 348 runs at an average of 43.5.
The opening batter, who hails from Orange in Central West NSW, also made her maiden century in her first season of Women’s Premier Cricket for Parramatta at just 15 years of age.
She joins 10 players who were part of the ACT/NSW Country squad that made the T20 and Limited-Overs Final of the Under 18 National Championships in 2018/19.
Riverina allrounder Gabbie Sutcliffe is one of those players and led ACT/NSW Country to both finals. The others include top order batters Alisha Bates, Anika Learoyd, Lara Graham, Sarah Young, allrounder Jessica Davidson, Allison McGrath, Abbey Taylor, spinner Hannah Faux and seamer Olivia Osborne.
Graham and Sutcliffe are co-captains of the extended Under 18 squad for 2019/20.
Opening batter Grace Dignam has also been selected in the Under 18 squad. She was the leading run scorer in the Women’s Premier Cricket Second Grade competition last season playing for Northern District.
Dignam scored 361 runs at 60.17 including one century and three fifties.
Litchfield, Dignam, wrist spinners Jade Allen, Kayla Burton and allrounder Isabella Greig were all selected in the Under 18 squad and represented the Cricket Australia XI at the nationals last season.
ACT/NSW Country also made the final of the Under 15 crown last season. It lost to NSW Metro for the second time in an underage final during 2018/19.
Metro also prevailed in the Limited-Overs final of the Under 18 nationals.
|ACT/ NSW Country Under 18|
|Alisha Bates||Newcastle/ Central Coast|
|Grace Dignam||Newcastle/ Central Coast|
|Keisha Dowsett||North Coastal|
|Hannah Faux||North Coastal|
|Jessica Davidson||Central North|
|Olivia Osborne||North Coastal|
|Kayla Burton||Greater Illawarra|
|Clare Levings||ACT/ Southern Districts|
|Jade Allen||ACT/ Southern Districts|
|Deni Baker||Central North|
|Gabbie Sutcliffe ( c )||Riverina|
|Abby Taylor||Newcastle/ Central Coast|
|Lara Graham ( c )||Central North|
|Allison McGrath||Newcastle/ Central Coast|
|Sarah Young||Greater Illawarra|
|Isabella Greig||ACT/ Southern Districts|
|Anika Learoyd||North Coastal|
|Maddie McGuigan||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|ACT/NSW Country Under 15|
|Siena Eve||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Kate McTaggett||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Vanessa Simpson||Central Northern|
|Jamie- Lee Woolfe||North Coastal|
|Alex Marvos||North Coastal|
|Grace Lyons||ACT/Southern Districts|
|Mia Phelps||ACT/Southern Districts|
|India Bellhouse||Greater Illawarra|
|Emily Hoskins||North Coastal|
|Ashlie Stapleton||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Jemma Pollock||ACT/ Southern Districts|