Cricket: Melville youngster Rebecca West impresses way to Perth Scorchers rookie contract


Rebecca West plays through the offside.
Rebecca West plays through the offside.

MELVILLE product Rebecca West has blasted her way to a rookie women’s Scorchers contract with a standout performance at the recent Under-18 National Championships in Hobart.

The 17-year-old tallied two half centuries on her way to posting 180 runs for the tournament – the best return by a WA batsman and good for seventh on the overall run tally.

West began her cricketing journey playing with the boys at Ardross Junior Cricket Club before moving to the Storm to compete in the women’s competition alongside the likes of Emma Biss, Renee Chappell and Jenny Wallace.

She was one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise disappointing Under-18 National Championships for WA, which finished sixth after finding itself on the wrong side of a number of close matches.

West opened her campaign with a rapid-fire 73 not out trying unsuccessfully to chase down Tasmania’s 209 in a rain-affected round one.

She also scored 39 not out in a victory over South Australia before hammering a 43-ball 60 in a narrow Twenty20 loss to ACT/NSW Country.

“This was my fourth time touring with the state team and every year the opposition gets a bit better,” West said.

“At the last Under-18 Nationals I was very nervous, over thought my batting and didn’t perform as well as I would have liked.

“This time around I played my own game, which is naturally aggressive and trying to hit through the ball.”

West’s approach did lead to a handful of low scores but once she hits double figures and finds her rhythm she is difficult to stop.

“Once the runs start to come and I get myself in the ball starts to look the size of a beach ball,” she said.

West will spend the Women’s Big Bash League season training alongside the Scorchers and has been selected as part of the Cricket Australia Under-18 development squad.

“I’m very excited for both opportunities because they aren’t handed out lightly,” she said.

“I was actually selected for the Australian development squad a couple of years ago but couldn’t go over to the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane because I got sick so I’m even more excited this time around.

“For the Scorchers I’m just grateful to be able to spend some time with the squad training with professionals – hopefully I can get a game in the next couple of years.”