One of two potential debutants for the NSW Breakers in round three of the Women’s National Cricket League, Tahlia Wilson, believes the previous two years training alongside Ellyse Perry and Breakers captain Alyssa Healy has significantly helped her game.
Wilson, 19, joins Australian Under 19 team mate Saskia Horley, 18, as one of two possible debutants selected in the 13-player squad for rounds three and four of the WNCL against Western Australia and Victoria at Blacktown International Sports Park No. 1 on Friday and Sunday.
The teenager, who joined the Breakers contracted squad in 2017, said being among the group for the last two years has definitely helped her get to this point ahead of a possible debut match on Friday.
“Obviously being around the experience of Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and (stand-in captain) Rene Farrell, to learn off them, there’s no better way to do it really,” Wilson said.
“Every time that you train with them (and) you’re in the nets with them, you learn something new.
“That’s how I keep developing my game.”
Wilson said if she was to make her debut, against Western Australia on Friday, it would be an honour.
“As a kid you dream of playing for the NSW Breakers,” she said.
“We do have quite a strong squad, so for me to break into the team that would definitely be some achievement.”
Wilson enters the squad for the two matches on the back of some good form in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket.
Last Sunday, the opening batter made her maiden century for St George-Sutherland in First Grade and her second at that level. She hit 109 from 97 balls against Campbelltown-Camden.
Wilson has posted 194 runs from her two matches in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket this season and been dismissed just the once.
She said her recent form in Premier Cricket has given her significant confidence.
“It’s quite a different competition going into WNCL, any runs you can score outside of that brings great confidence.”
Wilson also recently returned from New Zealand where she played four matches for the Auckland Hearts in the Women’s T20 Super Smash.
She said the experience gained during her time in that tournament was invaluable.
“Just to have that game time over there I went over as their wicketkeeper.”
“It was great to spend time over there with (the Hearts).”
Play commences at 10.00am at Blacktown International Sports Park No. 1 against Western Australia on Friday.
NSW Breakers squad
Rene Farrell (c)
*Final XI to be named at toss.