Fast bowler Rene Farrell will captain the NSW Breakers during rounds three and four of the Women’s National Cricket League in November in the absence of Alyssa Healy.
Farrell will stand in as skipper for the Breakers’ next two matches against Western Australia and Victoria while Healy is in the West Indies with Australian Women’s team at the World T20.
The spearhead of the Breakers attack said she hoped not to change too much from what Healy had brought into the team but was humbled by the honour.
“To follow in the tradition of those that come before us like Julie Hayes, Lisa Sthalekar and … Alex Blackwell, it’s exciting,” Farrell said.
The recently retired Australian seamer has played WNCL for more than a decade and claimed over 100 International wickets for her country.
In the opening round, Farrell claimed a brilliant 6-17 in an agonising one-wicket loss to Queensland on the Gold Coast.
The 31-year-old said she was pretty fortunate that day given the conditions.
“The ball was hooping back in a little bit which was really nice.
“You’d love to take that wicket anywhere with you.”
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The Breakers will be missing five of their regular squad for the next two rounds with Healy, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes and Nicola Carey all selected in the Australian squad for the World T20.
Farrell said the younger members of the squad and those players who missed out on national selection will all have something to prove in the coming round.
“The girls that make their debut or, have only played a few games for the Breakers before, will be wanting to be selected on a regular basis, so I think we’ve all got a lot to prove.
“If we can … play our roles then hopefully we can come away with the two wins.”
Farrell has experienced the captaincy role previously in domestic cricket with the ACT Meteors, at club and under age level and enjoys the responsibility.
“I do enjoy talking to the bowlers and making sure they’re all set with their plans.”
Farrell also said the experience of former Australian, and Breakers seamer, Sarah Aley and allrounder Naomi Stalenberg, will be invaluable as captain.
The Breakers currently sit on top of the table after a double bonus-point win against Tasmania edged them ahead of Victoria. All seven sides registered wins across the opening two rounds.
Farrell said the main lesson the squad took away from the first two rounds was not to rely on anyone but yourself.
“It is a team game, but (we need to) be greedy and be selfish and really want the ball, or really spend time out in the middle to make a big score.”
Farrell currently leads the wicket takers in the WNCL with seven scalps at the excellent average of 6.85. She said some hard work in the preseason has paid dividends.
“Feeling fitter and stronger this year and worked with our coach Joanne Broadbent during the offseason, just figuring some stuff out with my bowling and my action (and) they’re coming out nicely.”
She said it will good to get back to Blacktown International Sports Park in November.
“I think we haven’t lost a game out at Blacktown.”
“We call it the fortress of the Breakers, so hopefully we can continue that form.”