Tak­ing up cricket in style

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

SPORTS tra­di­tion­ally con­sid­ered the domain of boys are fast be­com­ing the stomp­ing ground of fe­male play­ers.

Mt He­lena’s Lily Far­rell started play­ing cricket last year be­cause her 15- year- old brother Owen did and “we al­ways played back­yard cricket with Dad”.

Just a year later and the young ath­lete is rep­re­sent­ing the state in the 12 years- and- un­der girls cricket team for School Sport WA.

Lily did not know many girls who played the game when she started out. She be­lieves more girls are tak­ing up the sport than be­fore be­cause play­ers have told their friends about cricket and as a re­sult there are more fe­male teams.

“I first made the state team in 2017 by be­ing se­lected from club cricket and go­ing through state try­outs, and I felt re­ally happy and ex­cited when they gave me the call that I got into the state team,” she said.

Lily was sin­gled out by a ta­lent scout at her school to try for state.

Her mother Sh­eryl said her daugh­ter played so­cial cricket be­fore she took her fast bowl­ing skills to play for Mid­land- Guild­ford Un­der15s.

“Lily is the type of girl who be­lieves girls can do any­thing and she gives it 100 per cent ev­ery time she plays,” she said.

“She has al­ways done well in sport, bring­ing home cham­pion girl awards and break­ing school records, but she is hum­ble about her achieve­ments.”

Lily at­tends Eastern Hills Se­nior High School, where she plays for the Un­der- 13s, and she re­cently rep­re­sented WA in an in­ter­state com­pe­ti­tion in Ba­rooga, NSW.

Ask Lily about a fu­ture in sport and her an­swer is straight down the line: “I would ab­so­lutely love to play for Aus­tralia.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d478927

Lily Far­rell ( 12), of Chid­low, is now a mem­ber of the WA State cricket team.

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