16 year old Lauren Cheatle will make her Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) debut at Hurstville Oval today (November 1).
The young fast bowler has been selected in the Lendlease Breakers line up to face the Queensland Fire in NSW’s only home game of the season.
Cheatle, who was part of the Breakers squad for the team’s two first matches in Western Australia, now gets her opportunity in the XI with coach Jo Broadbent looking to add firepower to her team’s bowling.
“She was in and around the squad last year and didn’t get a call up so it’s very exciting for her, and us for her to get her opportunity with the Breakers,” said Broadbent.
“The fact that we’re on a fast, flat track helped earn Lauren selection. Even though the WACA pitch in our first two games was like that as well, we wanted to go in with an extra batter in those first two rounds.
“We feel our batting is going along nicely now, and we do want to try and get wicket-takers into the side and we see Lauren as someone who can play that role.”
Cheatle was presented with her baggy blue cap by team-mate Ellyse Perry earlier today.
Perry is one of many experienced heads around the Breakers squad who’ll help guide Cheatle through her debut.
“There are a lot of experienced players in and around her,” Broadbent said.
“She’s been chosen for what she has shown already, she has the toolbox of being able to bowl in-swing and across the right-handers as well.
“We’re not going to ask her to do anything she hasn’t done already, and she’ll have the support of all the senior players we have in the team.”
NSW XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Alex Blackwell, Ellyse Perry, Nicola Carey, Laura Marsh, Rene Farrell, Naomi Stalenberg, Sarah Aley, Lauren Cheatle, Lauren Smith (12th: Ash Gardner)
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