Taking up cricket in style
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.”
Lily Farrell ( 12), of Chidlow, is now a member of the WA State cricket team.