The squads to compete in the Cricket NSW Under 14 and Under 17 Female State Challenge, at Raby Sports Complex from 15-18 April, have been announced.
The Under 14 and Under 17 T20 competitions will each involve four teams, Sydney Thunder Metro and ACT/Country and Sydney Sixers Metro and ACT/Country.
Cricket NSW Female Talent Manager, Steve Jenkin, explained that the two competitions will act as selection trials for the Under 15 and Under 18 Female National Championships next season.
“Both age divisions represent an exciting opportunity to not only identify cricketers for those squads, but also future talent that would benefit from the Cricket NSW Pathway system,” said Jenkin.
The Under 14 competition takes place on Monday and Tuesday, involving three matches for each team followed by the Under 17 State Challenge, Wednesday and Thursday.
Each team in the Under 17 competition also plays three matches.
The Under 14 and 17 Female State Challenge tournaments are run concurrently with the Under 16 Male equivalent that follows a similar format and starts on Sunday.
Several players involved in the Under 15 and Under 18 female nationals last season have been selected for the Under 17 State Challenge starting Wednesday.
This includes six members of the NSW Metro squad that claimed the Limited-Overs title at the Under 18 nationals in Ballarat during January.
One of those players, allrounder Dharmini Chauhan, will captain a strong NSW Metro Thunder team at the Under 17 State Challenge.
Chauhan is one of four players from the victorious Under 18 NSW Metro side, in January, selected for that Thunder team.
The other players are seam bowler Stephanie Ellsmore, leg-spinner Isabella Malgioglio and top-order batter Elise Noble.
Six players from the ACT/NSW Country squad that were runners-up to Metro at the Under 18 nationals this season, have been selected in the two ACT/NSW Country squads, including both captains.
Riverina medium-pacer Gabrielle Sutcliffe will lead the Thunder team, while Central Northern batter Lara Graham captains the Sixers.
Sutcliffe also captained ACT/NSW Country to the final of the Under 18 National Championships this season.
Ellsmore and Chauhan were both part of the Campbelltown-Camden squad that won the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket title in 2018/19.
Malgioglio was the second leading wicket taker at the Under 18 National Championships with 19 scalps at an average of 10.37. She trailed NSW Metro team mate and off-spinner Isabelle Afaras by one wicket.
Afaras was equal leading wicket taker, with Victoria Metro wrist spinner Erika Quinn, both claiming 20 wickets.
Jenkin said the inaugural Under 13 Female State Challenge, held at Wellington in Central West NSW during January, was used as the basis for selection of the teams competing in the Under 14 tournament.
One of the players selected include wicketkeeper-batter Elsa Hunter (NSW Metro Thunder), who earlier in the year became the youngest ever female cricketer to play International cricket, when selected for Malaysia in the Women's World T20 qualifiers at just 13.
Star allrounder for Metro Thunder, Ella-Jane Briscoe, was the leading wicket taker at the Under 13 State Challenge with six wickets at 4.17.
However, it was with the bat that she starred for Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association in the Under 13 Mollie Dive Shield. Briscoe made 443 runs at the amazing average of 147.67 and finished that competition as the leading run-scorer.
She finished 181 runs clear of Olivia Maxwell, daughter of former NSW Blues allrounder Neil Maxwell, on that list. The allrounder made 262 runs at 65.5 in the Mollie Dive Shield.
Maxwell is captain of the Under 14 Metro Sixers team.
NSW Breakers spinner Lauren Smith and reserve wicketkeeper-batter Hannah Trethewy will act as assistant coaches for both the Under 14 and 17 State Challenge.
|Under 17 NSW Metro Thunder|
|Dharmini Chauhan ( c )||Campbelltown-Camden|
|Lara Savet-Buck||St George-Sutherland|
|Hannah Trethewy||Assistant Coach|
|Under 17 NSW Metro Sixers|
|Alice Whelan||St George-Sutherland|
|Annabel Hutt||Northern District|
|Shivani Mehta ( c )||Northern District|
|Emma Newman||Assistant Coach|
|Under 17 ACT/NSW Country Thunder|
|Kayla Burton||Greater Illawarra|
|Clare Levings||ACT/Southern Districts|
|Jade Allen||ACT/Southern Districts|
|Tara Rudd||Greater Illawarra|
|Julia Bassett||ACT/Southern Districts|
|Gabbie Sutcliffe ( c )||Riverina|
|Caitlan Galeano||ACT/Southern Districts|
|Elizabeth Coper-Jones||ACT/Southern Districts|
|Chantelle Downey||Greater Illawarra|
|Maddie McGuigan||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Deni Baker||Central Northern|
|Travis Burton||Assistant Coach|
|Under 17 ACT/NSW Country Sixers|
|Alisha Bates||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Grace Dignam||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Keisha Dowsett||North Coastal|
|Hannah Faux||North Coastal|
|Lara Graham ( c )||Central Northern|
|Olivia Osborne||North Coastal|
|Holly Simmons||North Coastal|
|Allyssa Ford||Central Northern|
|Tara Craig||Central Northern|
|Emma Ross||North Coastal|
|Claire McGuirk||Central Northern|
|Milah Riley||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Sophie Shelley||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Tommy Anderson||Assistant Coach|
|Under 14 NSW Metro Thunder|
|Ella Briscoe||St George-Sutherland|
|Bethany Lane ( c )||Penrith|
|Tim Carter||Assistant Coach|
|Under 14 NSW Metro Sixers|
|Olivia Maxwell ( c )||Sydney|
|Amelia Sim||North Sydney|
|Lucy Finn||St Joseph's|
|Hannah Trethewy||Assistant Coach|
|Under 14 ACT/NSW Country Thunder|
|Perri Nash ( c )||Riverina|
|Grace Lyons||ACT/Southern Districts|
|Mia Phelps||ACT/Southern Districts|
|Hilary Swan||Greater Illawarra|
|India Bellhouse||Greater Illawarra|
|Kobi Lynch||Greater Illawarra|
|Troy McKeirnan||Assistant Coach|
|Under 14 ACT/NSW Country Sixers|
|Sophie Cook||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Kate McTaggert||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Emily Hosking||North Coastal|
|Annika Valette||North Coastal|
|Sienna Eve ( c )||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Mia Cook||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Vanessa Simpson||Central Northern|
|Emily Humphreys||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Jaimee-Lee Woolfe||North Coastal|
|Lucy Pearce||Newcastle/Central Coast|
|Alexandra Mavros||North Coastal|
|Sophie Parsons||Central Northern|
|Simira Mitchell||North Coastal|
|Lauren Smith||Assistant Coach|