Scorchers turn up heat

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way - By CAITLIN TILLER

AHEAD of the first Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) cricket tour­na­ment, Me­gan Bant­ing is ex­cited to wear the or­ange for the Perth Scorchers.

The state women’s team an­nounced 19-year-old Bant­ing as a wick­et­keeper and bats­man last week.

She said the team was “def­i­nitely con­fi­dent” for the sea­son.

“We’ve been through the hard yards; this is the big­gest pre-sea­son I’ve ever been in,” Bant­ing said.

The WBBL starts in De­cem­ber, when the Scorchers play their first home game against Bris­bane Heat on De­cem­ber 11.

There will be 59 matches in the com­pe­ti­tion, with the fi­nal sched­uled for Jan­uary 24.

Af­ter play­ing for Aus­tralia 14 times, Wem­b­ley Downs res­i­dent Ni­cole Bolton (26) will cap­tain the team.

Bant­ing said women’s cricket was head­ing in an “awe­some” di­rec­tion.

“It’s the first year of the Women’s Big Bash League and it’s a bit over­due but it’s the per­fect time for where Aus­tralian cricket is at,” she said.

Bant­ing, who has played cricket for 10 years, said the team had a good range of age and ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It will come down to how we gel as a team,” she said.

“I def­i­nitely look up to peo­ple like Char­lotte Ed­wards, she has played for 15 years in­ter­na­tion­ally.”

The Scorchers signed Ed­wards, the Eng­land cap­tain, to the WBBL team in Au­gust.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d443322

Me­gan Bant­ing is ex­cited to be play­ing for the Scorchers in the first WBBL.

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