New South Wales Breakers leg-spinning allrounder Rachel Trenaman defied her relative inexperience at the International level against the England Women’s bowling attack on Saturday top-scoring for Australia A in Loughborough, England.
Trenaman, 18, made 73 from 92 balls in the Australia A total of 9/260. The visitors lost the practice match by 81 runs after England posted 8/341 from its 50 overs.
In her first match for Australia A on English soil, coming to the crease at No. 7, Trenaman reached the boundary on 11 occasions. The next best score was Queensland pace bowling allrounder Sammy-Jo Johnson (39 from 22).
It was the final warm-up match for England before the Women’s Ashes against Australia beginning Tuesday in Leicester. The series involves three One-Day Internationals, three T20 Internationals and a four-day Test match.
The practice match also started the seven match tour for Australia A which includes three 50-over matches, two T20s against the England Women's Academy and a three-day tour match opposing England.
Trenaman faced an England attack that included its two leading wicket takers from the 2017 Women’s Ashes.
Great pace bowler Jenny Gunn (1-35) and 20-year-old left-arm finger spinner Sophie Ecclestone (0-35), each claimed 11 and nine wickets respectively in Australia two summers ago.
Off-spinner Laura Marsh (4-48) returned best figures for the hosts in Loughborough.
Trenaman shared a 59-run partnership for the seventh wicket with newly-contracted Breaker Maddy Darke (25). The wicketkeeper-batter is also just 18 years old.
New Breakers recruit off-spinning allrounder Erin Burns, 31, is also on tour with Australia A.
The half-century was another landmark in the young career of Trenaman that started with the Breakers in 2016/17.
The Australian Under 19 captain made her debut WBBL appearance for the Sydney Thunder last season in the Sydney Smash against the Sixers at Sydney Showground Stadium.
Trenaman claimed 2-11 from four overs including star allrounder and Breakers team mate Ashleigh Gardner for a fourth ball duck.
During April 2018, Trenaman led the Australian Under 19 Women’s team on their inaugural overseas tour and starred throughout the Emerging Women Series in South Africa.
She was the leading run-scorer for the tournament won by Australia which included an England Women’s Academy side and the South African Emerging Women.
Trenaman made 274 runs at an average of 68.5, including the highest score of the series, 122 against South Africa.
Since then, Trenman has led the Australian Under 19 Women’s team to New Zealand, in March this year, on a tour that was unfortunately curtailed due to security concerns.
Australia A play their first official match of its tour on Wednesday in a One-Day fixture against the England Women’s Academy.
Commonwealth Bank Ashes Tour of England – Australia squad
Nicole Bolton, WA
Nicola Carey, TAS
Ashleigh Gardner, NSW
Rachael Haynes, NSW
Alyssa Healy, NSW
Jess Jonassen, QLD
Delissa Kimmince, QLD
Meg Lanning, VIC
Beth Mooney, QLD
Ellyse Perry, VIC
Megan Schutt, SA
Elyse Villani, VIC
Georgia Wareham, VIC
Tayla Vlaeminck, VIC
Commonwealth Bank Ashes Tour of England - Australia A squad
Maitlan Brown, ACT
Erin Burns, NSW
Maddy Darke, NSW
Josie Dooley, QLD
Heather Graham, WA
Sammy-Jo Johnson, QLD
Tahlia McGrath, SA
Sophie Molineux, VIC
Georgia Redmayne, QLD
Molly Strano, VIC
Rachel Trenaman, NSW
Belinda Vakarewa, TAS
Amanda-Jade Wellington, SA
Women’s Ashes Fixtures
26 June – England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough - AUS won by six wickets
28 June – England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough - AUS won by 68 runs
11-13 July – England Women’s Academy v Australia, Marlborough College, Swindon
2 July – 1st ODI, England v Australia, Grace Road, Leicester
4 July – 2nd ODI, England v Australia, Grace Road, Leicester
7 July – 3rd ODI, England v Australia, St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
18-21 July – England v Australia, The County Ground, Taunton
26 July – 1st T20I, England v Australia, County Ground, Chelmsford
28 July – 2nd T20I, England v Australia, The County Ground, Hove
31 July – 3rd T20I, England v Australia, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Australia A Fixtures
29 June, England v Australia A, Loughborough – ENG won by 81 runs
3 July, England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough
5 July, England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough
8 July, England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough
Three-day tour match
12-14 July, England v Australia A, Millfield School, Street
17 July, England Women’s Academy v Australia, Millfield School, Street
19 July, England Women’s Academy v Australia, Millfield School, Street