Perth Scorchers: young duo called up for women’s team: Women’s Big Bash

Piepa Cleary and Chloe Piparo.Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d443322
Piepa Cleary and Chloe Piparo.Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d443322

RIVERVALE’S Chloe Piparo and Victoria Park’s Piepa Cleary didn’t give it a second thought when they were asked to join the Perth Scorchers as part of the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League.

Cleary and Piparo are two of eight players who were announced last week to join the women’s Perth Scorchers, who will take part in 14 matches in December this year and early January next year.

It will also see a host of games played on live television.

Piparo is a 21-year-old opening bat, while Cleary is a 19-year-old pace bowler.

The WBBL will feature eight clubs that are aligned with the eight clubs in the men’s T20 Big Bash.

The women will be hoping to have similar success to the Perth Scorchers men’s team , who are coming off winning back-to-back titles.

Piparo – who plays for Midland-Guildford in club cricket – said she can’t wait to start the WBBL.

“It is a great opportunity for all of us to play against the best women cricketers in the world,” she said.

Piparo said she was relishing the chance to open the batting with English cricket captain Charlotte Edwards; who has scored more international women’s Twenty20 runs than any other player in the world.

Cleary – who plays for South Perth – is entering her fourth season playing cricket at this level, after three years with the Western Fury.

The 19-year-old said there was a good feeling among the girls.

“I am still figuring and learning lots so I want to pick up my pace and attack and take lots of wickets,” she said.

“This is probably the first time in a while the girls feel like they are in a high-performance program.

“We have been training so hard almost every day and the group culture is stepping up.”

Both Cleary and Piparo have already played for Australia A and have national ambitions.

Piparo hoped the WBBL would put women’s cricket on the map in an environment dominated by the men’s sides.