Thornlie Cricket Club hoping to entice a few maidens over to Perth Scorchers

Hopeful cricketers Tahlia Richardson and Caylen Crook with Thornlie Cricket Club junior co-ordinator Jo-Ryan Smith.
Hopeful cricketers Tahlia Richardson and Caylen Crook with Thornlie Cricket Club junior co-ordinator Jo-Ryan Smith.

THORNLIE Cricket Club is on the hunt for players ahead of the Perth Scorchers Girls League season.

The club is searching for interested girls aged between 11 and 13 years old to play after it received grant money from the WA Cricket Association to enter a team.

The Perth Scorchers Girls League is the premier junior girl’s competition in the state and offers a pathway for the best players to pursue careers at the highest level possible.

Club junior co-ordinator Jo Ryan-Smith said the league presented an incredible opportunity, but it was struggling for numbers.

“For those who like cricket, it’s the ultimate pathway for them because this is the stepping stone to professional cricket and female cricket is getting bigger and bigger,” she said.

“We’re trying to get a team together, we’re struggling just a little bit for numbers.”

Caylen Crook and Tahlia Richardson are two girls who have already committed to play for Thornlie and are excited for the upcoming season.

Richardson said she it would “mean the world” to play cricket this season.

“As a young kid, I wanted to play every sport, I’ve played football for so many years I’ve lost count and cricket is another I want to play,” she said.

Crook said an interschool tournament where she had the chance to play at the MCG and sibling rivalry were the main motivators for her signing up.

“If I played, I would be able to get better and be better than my brother,” she said.

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