Six players from NSW and the ACT have been selected in the Cricket Australia XI squad to compete at the Female Under 18 National Championships starting Monday in Hobart and Launceston, Tasmania.

Basil Sellers Scholar Ananaya Sharma is among four NSW Metropolitan players selected along with Lauren Kua, Claire Moore and Frankie Nicklin. Clare Levings and Holly Simmons are the two representatives from ACT/NSW Country in the 14-player squad.

The squad was chosen at the conclusion of a Cricket Australia Under 15 Talent Camp that took place at the Bupa National Cricket Centre during October last year.

This year’s National Championships will again feature 10 teams, including the CA XI, NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country, and will run from 13-23 January.

NSW Metro are the defending 50-over champions, while ACT/NSW Country made both the One-Day and T20 Finals at last year’s championships, losing to Queensland in the Twenty20 final.

Head Coach of the CA XI, and former NSW Breakers great, Leah Poulton said the championships presented a good opportunity for her team to test themselves against older and more developed cricketers.

“Hopefully they’ll come away from this experience with a clear idea on what parts of their game need to keep progressing to make it to the next level,” Poulton said.


The CA Youth Selection Panel selected the following 14 players in the CA XI:

Kristy Arulrajah (VIC Metro)

Erin Carroll (VIC Metro)

Sianna Ginger (QLD)

Lauren Kua (NSW Metro)

Clare Levings (ACT/NSW Country)

Rhys McKenna (VIC Country)

Claire Moore (NSW Metro)

Frankie Nicklin (NSW Metro)

Ananaya Sharma (NSW Metro)

Holly Simmons (ACT/ NSW Country)

Amy Smith (TAS)

Ella Wilson (SA)

Ryleigh Wotherspoon (QLD)

Mikayla Wrigley (QLD)

Coach: Leah Poulton

Assistant Coaches: Jodie Fields / Cathryn Fitzpatrick


Team Lists

ACT/New South Wales Country: Jade Allen, Alisha Bates, Kayla Burton, Jessica Davidson, Grace Dignam (c), Lara Graham, Isabella Greig, Anika Learoyd, Allison McGrath, Olivia Osborne, Gabrielle Sutcliffe, Abbey Taylor, Alexandra Tims.

Cricket Australia XI: Kristy Arulrajah, Erin Carroll, Sianna Ginger, Gemma Kennedy, Ryleigh Wotherspoon, Lauren Kua, Clare Levings, Rhys McKenna, Claire Moore, Frankie Nicklin, Amy Smith, Ananaya Smith, Holly Simmons, Mikayla Wrigley.

New South Wales Metro: Nell Bryson-Smith, Dharmini Chauhan, Hannah Darlington (c), Hayley Elliott, Stephanie Ellsmore, Angelina Genford, Molly Godsell, Emily Lawler, Isabella Malgioglio, Shivani Mehta, Elise Noble, Kate Peterson, Olivia Porter, Sarah Turner.

Northern Territory/Queensland: Ella Anderson, Eliza Barnett, Jessica Bradley (c), Rianna Carlson, Chelsea Gan, Emily Hayward, Emma Jackson, Elizabth Johnson, Hiruni Liyanarachchi Don, Olivia Pilkington, Keyra Smith, Zoe Valenic, Hannah Wilson.

Queensland: Julia Cavanough, Kirsten Davey, Kira Holmes, Ruth Johnston, Ellie Johnston, Charli Knott (c), Caitlin Mair, Grace Parsons, Olivia Roche, Clodagh Ryall, Olivia Steel, Ruby Strange, Georgia Voll.

South Australia: Stephanie Beaxleigh (c), Lucy Bowering, Darcie Brown, Cate Dunemann, Emmerson Filsell, Paris Hall, Emily Hinze, Mikayla Mark, Isobella Nitschke, Amy Peterson, Amelia Rault, Kasey Wendland, Callie Wilson, Ella Wilson.

Tasmania: Chloe Abel (c), Melodie Armstrong, Maddison Brooks, Amy Duggan, Charlotte Layton, Sascha Lowry, Hannah Magor, Ella Marsh, Alice McLauchlan, Cassie McLoughlin, Stacey Norton-Smith, Grace Pullen, Clare Scott, Kate Sheriff.

Victoria Country: Jaide Anthony, Tiana Atkinson, Paris Bowdler, Lucy Cripps, Jessica Field, Merinda Hale, Mardie Hamilton, Grace Jones, Meika King, Arnika McGregor, Tahlia Meier, Jasmine Nevins, Molly Ward.

Victoria Metro: Hailey Ferris, Tess Flintoff (c), Ella Hayward, Olivia Henry, Annecy Homberg, Katia Jomini, Haylee Landi, Jess Matin, Caitlin Morando, Lara Shannon, Eve Sheehan, Olivia Thomas, Maddie White.

Western Australia: Jacqui Naidoo, Samantha Pope, Soniya Yadav, Samantha Quadrio, Georgia Wyllie (c), Chloe Ainsworth, Charis Bekker, Zoe Britcliffe, Molly Healy, Millie Monaghan, Poppy Stockwell, Lauren Thompson, Charlotte Cooke.

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