The Festival of Female Cricket will hit the Australian Country Cricket Championships tomorrow in Bendigo.
Hosted at Queen Elizabeth Oval, girls are invited to participate in the free event that will include a MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast session, with two players from each team assisting as it is a rest day at the Championships.
Followed by the participation activities, Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit veteran Sarah Elliott will conduct a training session with the female Northern Rivers pathway squads.
Facing each other in a Twenty20, an exhibition match will also be held between the Melbourne Ladies Renegades and the Melbourne Ladies Stars.
Players were selected to compete in the teams having previously represented their country regional junior teams through the pathway system and are not currently involved in the VicSpirit and Academy system.
With the country delegates meeting in the afternoon, the match will help to assist the female pathway and aims to provide an opportunity for females to participate at the Championships with the possibility of implementing a women’s division in the future.
The teams selected are:
Melbourne Ladies Renegades Teagan Parker – Mallee Murray Heat – captain/wk Kelly Rowlands – Mallee Murray Heat Bridie Chesterfield – Western Waves Mikayla Haddow – Western Waves Stephanie Townsend – Western Waves Jessica Kile – Central Highlands Lize-Mari Mitcheley – Central Highlands Tegan Orwin – Central Highlands Sarah Tatchell – Central Highlands Jane Neil – Barwon Rockettes Haylee Wray – Barwon Rockettes Parry Jenkins – Northern Rivers Julia Crocket-Grills – Northern Rivers Coach – Ben DeAraugo
Melbourne Ladies Stars Ainslee Bennett – North East Knights Kayla Shepherd – North East Knights Jade Ellems – Gippsland Pride Emma Gallagher – Gippsland Pride Tamara Hall – Gippsland Pride Amy Harrison – Gippsland Pride Erica Kershaw – Gippsland Pride – captain/wk Chelsea Moscript – Gippsland Pride Cassie Pollock – Gippsland Pride Shelby Boyd – South East Sharks Shelly Hart – South East Sharks Megan Savage – South East Sharks Coach – Sarah Elliott