Young duo called up for Scorchers side

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORTS -

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 19year-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 pick­mu­ni­ d443322 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.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Piepa Cleary and Chloe Pi­paro.

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