Lendlease Breakers’ allrounder Nicola Carey is among three new faces to earn a Cricket Australia contract for the 2018-19 season and joins three of her New South Wales team mates on the list of 14 nationally contracted players announced on Thursday.
Those players include number one ranked One Day International batter and world class allrounder for Australia and the Breakers, Ellyse Perry, Australian and NSW wicketkeeper-batter, Alyssa Healy, and captain of the successful Australian Women’s Ashes campaign and Breakers opening batter, Rachael Haynes, who all retain their national contracts.
Carey joined Queensland medium pace bowler Delissa Kimmince and young Victorian spinner Sophie Molineux as the three players to receive their first national contracts.
Four exciting young Breakers were also named in the 13-player 2018 Women’s National Performance Squad, including 19-year-old fast bowler Lauren Cheatle, 20-year-old quick Belinda Vakarewa, and teenagers Saskia Horley and Rachel Trenaman.
Cheatle, Horley and Trenaman are among seven teenagers selected in the NPS, with 16-year-old allrounder Trenaman one of the two youngest members of that squad with Victorian allrounder, and daughter of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, Annabel Sutherland.
It continues a whirlwind of personal achievements for Carey over the last month. On the recently completed tour of India, the 24-year-old allrounder made both her One Day International and T20 International debuts against India and England respectively.
Carey played the one T20I and three ODIs against India and England on that tour of the sub-continent. During the one-day series, she claimed two wickets and scored some handy runs down the order.
Her first national contract also culminates a consistent trend of strong performances for the Breakers and the Sydney Thunder over the last 12 months.
“The elevation of Nicola Carey, Delissa Kimmince and Sophie Molineux is an indication of how they are viewed by the National Selection Panel, having all impressed during Australia’s recent tour of India and domestically across the summer,” said National Selector Shawn Flegler.
Carey was a key member of the Breakers claiming their 19th Women’s National Cricket League title in February. She was the second leading wicket-taker for NSW during the tournament, with 12 dismissals at the excellent average of 19.58, four scalps behind fast bowler Rene Farrell.
In the Women’s Big Bash League, Carey was the equal leading wicket-taker for the Thunder and among the top ten for dismissals in the tournament.
Carey collected 17 scalps at 20.59 and shared top spot on the wicket-takers list for the Thunder with Farrell.
During the last 12 months, Perry, Healy and Haynes were all among some of the most impressive performers for their country and state.
Healy was again superb with the gloves and bat on the recent tour of India. She scored her maiden ODI century of 133 from 115 balls in Vadodara and claimed seven catches and one stumping during the series. She also collected two catches and two stumpings in the T20 series.
Perry also posted a significant personal milestone during the inaugural day-night Women’s Ashes Test at North Sydney Oval in November. She made her first double century in Test cricket with 213 not out from 374 deliveries in the drawn match.
It surpassed 209 not out made by Karen Rolton in England during 2001 as the highest score posted by an Australian Woman in Test cricket.
Perry, Haynes and Healy also occupied the top three places respectively on the list of leading run-scorers for the Breakers during the WNCL campaign.
Perry scored the most runs of any batter in the tournament with 372 runs at 74.40. Haynes was second with 363 runs at 90.75.
While Lauren Cheatle missed out on retaining her place on the national contract list, Flegler said that she remains on the radar of national selectors.
“Lauren has had to overcome various injuries over the last couple of years, which has hampered her ability to perform at her best,” said Flegler.
“She has been selected in the women’s NPS alongside a number of exciting young fast bowlers and there’s no doubt her best is yet to come.”
The Women’s NPS will be coached and guided by former Australian and Breakers batter, now Cricket Australia High Performance Coach, Leah Poulton.
2018-19 CA Women’s Contract List
Nicole Bolton (WA, 29)
Nicola Carey (NSW, 24)
Ashleigh Gardner (SA, 20)
Rachael Haynes (NSW, 31)
Alyssa Healy (NSW, 28)
Jessica Jonassen (QLD, 25)
Delissa Kimmince (QLD, 28)
Meg Lanning (VIC, 26)
Sophie Molineux (VIC, 20)
Beth Mooney (QLD, 24)
Ellyse Perry (NSW, 27)
Megan Schutt (SA, 25)
Elyse Villani (WA, 28)
Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA, 20)
2018 Women’s National Performance Squad (NPS)
Lauren Cheatle (NSW, 19)
Piepa Cleary (WA, 21)
Josephine Dooley (QLD, 18)
Erin Fazackerley (TAS, 19)
Heather Graham (WA, 21)
Saskia Horley (NSW, 18)
Belinda Vakarewa (NSW, 20)
Tayla Vlaeminck (VIC, 19)
Georgia Wareham (VIC, 18)
Tahlia McGrath (SA, 22)
Maitlan Brown (ACT, 20)
Annabel Sutherland (VIC, 16)*
Rachel Trenaman (NSW, 16)*