New South Wales will be represented by 10 players in the second annual Women’s Big Bash League Under 18 Exhibition match at Blacktown International Sports Park on January 5.
NSW has 10 of the 24 players selected in the Lanning and Perry teams for the T20 match. The next states are Queensland and South Australia with four.
The exhibition match will follow the WBBL fixture between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars on January 5. A second T20 game will also be played between the Perry and Lanning XII the following day.
Both teams will also be captained by Australian Under 19 representatives and NSW Metro Under 18 players, allrounder Hannah Darlington and, wicketkeeper-batter Maddy Darke.
Darke will lead the Perry XII, while Darlington has been named captain of the Lanning XII.
Darlington is the captain of the NSW Metro squad to complete at the Female Under 18 National Championships in Ballarat and Bendigo from 14-24 January.
The 17-year-old also led the first female Indigenous side to represent the Sydney Thunder in Tasmania during late November.
Rising star for the Sydney Sixers, allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes, 15, is the vice-captain for the Perry XII.
Silver-Holmes became the youngest player to make her WBBL debut against the Perth Scorchers on 7 December at North Sydney Oval.
All 10 NSW players selected for the exhibition match have also been named in either the ACT/NSW Country, NSW Metro or Cricket Australia XI squads for the Under 18 Nationals.
Jade Allen has also been chosen in the Under 15 NSW Metro team for the national championships of that age group in Canberra during late February.
Five of the 10 selected were also chosen for the inaugural WBBL Under 18 Exhibition match last season. These players included Darlington, Darke, Silver-Holmes, Isabelle Afaras and fast bowler Stella Campbell.
Like Silver-Holmes, Campbell, 16, is also contracted with the Sydney Sixers. Both girls are also Australian Under 19 representatives.
Six NSW players have been named in the Lanning XII including Darlington, Campbell, Afaras, talented young batter Phoebe Litchfield, allrounder Olivia Porter and Abbey Taylor.
The Perry XII have named four NSW players. Basil Seller Scholar Emma Hughes joins Darke, Silver-Holmes and Allen in the team.
NSW Breakers great Leah Poulton will again coach the Lanning XII like she did for the first Under 18 WBBL Exhibition match last season at the MCG.
Former Australian and Queensland wicketkeeper-batter Julia Price is the coach of the Perry XII.
In her capacity as Cricket Australia Female High Performance Coach, Poulton said it was pleasing the WBBL Exhibition game was now a regular fixture on the calendar, after the success of the inaugural game last summer.
“A number of players from last year’s fixture were part of the victorious Australia Under 19 side in South Africa earlier this year, and to see a number of them rewarded with contracts for WBBL|04 is really exciting,” Poulton said.
The exhibition match on 5 January will be live streamed on cricket.com.au.
Lanning XII (state in brackets)
Isabelle Afaras (NSW)
Tiana Atkinson (VIC)
Stella Campbell (NSW)
Rachel Church (SA)
Hannah Darlington (c) (NSW)
Ashlee King (WA)
Charli Knott (vc) (QLD)
Phoebe Litchfield (NSW)
Olivia Porter (NSW)
Sophie Roberts (SA)
Abbey Taylor (NSW)
Georgia Voll (QLD)
Coach: Leah Poulton
Perry XII (state in brackets)
Jade Allen (NSW)
Darcie Brown (SA)
Zoe Britcliffe (WA)
Lucy Cripps (VIC)
Maddy Darke (c) (NSW)
Bonnie Davies (TAS)
Tess Flintoff (VIC)
Emily Hinze (SA)
Emma Hughes (NSW)
Ruth Johnston (QLD)
Hayley Silver-Holmes (vc) (NSW)
Courtney Sippel (QLD)
Coach: Julia Price
Saturday 5 January
2pm: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars, Blacktown International Sports Park
6pm: WBBL Exhibition Match – Lanning XII v Perry XII, Blacktown International Sports Park
Sunday 6 January
9:30am: Lanning XII v Perry XII, Blacktown International Sports Park