Ellyse Perry is among 19 players named on the Victorian women’s contract list for the 2019/20 season.
The Australian all-rounder is one of three additions to the squad with 16 year-old Tess Flintoff (Ringwood) and 17 year-old Lucy Cripps (Dandenong) also included.
Perry has moved to Melbourne with her husband and Melbourne Rebels player Matt Toomua. She won the Women’s National Cricket League title 10 times with NSW in a 73 match career with the state.
The 28 year-old is one of five Cricket Australia contracted players (Perry, Meg Lanning, Sophie Molineux, Elyse Villani and Georgia Wareham) named in the Victorian squad.
“I feel immensely privileged to have had the opportunity to be a part of NSW Cricket for the time that I spent there. I have many great memories and have made some lifelong friends playing in Sydney. I’m also very grateful to Cricket Victoria for the opportunity to start a new phase of my life and a whole new experience in a different city.” Perry said.
“It’s been brilliant getting to know a number of the squad members over the last few weeks whilst training at the CitiPower Centre, which is a world class facility. There’s an incredible depth of young talented cricketers coming through Victoria, as well as some very established senior players. I’m really looking forward to playing alongside them all this season.”
Cricket Victoria General Manager – Cricket Shaun Graf said Perry’s experience will help the development of her younger teammates.
“With Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani and now Ellyse Perry in the squad – you couldn’t really ask for better role models for young players looking to progress their cricket careers to the next level,” Graf said.
“Ellyse is obviously one of the best players in the world. We know she’ll be a significant asset on the field but we’re equally excited by the leadership role she’ll play within the squad to help fast track some of the young talent on our list.”
“We’re looking to improve on last season and be contending for the WNCL title regularly. We’re proud to have five players recognised with National contracts and we want to see more players earning national honours.”
Emma Inglis was not offered a contract for the upcoming season. Emma made her debut for Victoria in the 2005-06 season and won three state T20 titles in the course of 96 WNCL appearances.
Cricket Victoria would like to congratulate and thank Emma for her great contribution to Victorian cricket over the last decade.
Victorian Women’s 2019-20 squad Name – Premier Club
Kristen Beams – Essendon Maribyrnong Park
Makinley Blows – Essendon Maribyrnong Park
Lucy Cripps – Dandenong
Elly Donald – Melbourne
Nicole Faltum – Dandenong
Tess Flintoff – Ringwood
Alana King – Prahran
Meg Lanning* – Box Hill
Sophie Molineux* – Dandenong
Courtney Neale – Dandenong
Rhiann O’Donnell – Plenty Valley
Ellyse Perry* – TBC
Chloe Rafferty – Essendon Maribyrnong Park
Molly Strano – Essendon Maribyrnong Park
Annabel Sutherland – Prahran
Elyse Villani* – Essendon Maribyrnong Park
Amy Vine – Melbourne
Tayla Vlaeminck – Plenty Valley
Georgia Wareham* – Essendon Maribyrnong Park