Trio named in Coun­try team

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport -

Sev­eral of the re­gion’s finest young fe­male crick­eters will com­pete at the high­est level in Vic­to­ria next month.

Meg Thomp­son, Emma Bresser and Han­nah Bid­dulph all started their ca­reers play­ing as ju­niors in the Bus­sel­ton-Mar­garet River Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

The trio have won selec­tion in the WA Women’s Coun­try squad and will com­pete in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship car­ni­val in Shepparton in Jan­uary.

Thomp­son, who started with the Yobs, is mak­ing her third tour with the Coun­try XI, as is Bid­dulph, from the Cowaramup club and still plays for the side when home from univer­sity where she’s study­ing ve­teri­nary sci­ence.

Bresser is from Nan­nup and will make her first trip, though she is one of the team’s two vice-cap­tains.

Bid­dulph had a long in­volve­ment in the sport through her fam­ily and of­ten padded up for the boys’ side dur­ing her time in the re­gion.

Her stint in­cluded play­ing in the suc­cess­ful Vasse un­der-16 pre­mier­ship team in 2015.

Her father Bob Bid­dulph, a Bulls stal­wart, said his daugh­ter’s ca­reer was buoyed by a surg­ing na­tional in­ter­est in women’s cricket.

“This has meant Han­nah has had the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved with spe­cialised coach­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties run by the WACA, both in Bun­bury and Perth,” he said.

De­spite the hon­ours, Bid­dulph said his daugh­ter wasn’t mo­ti­vated by State selec­tion.

“She just en­joys hav­ing fun in a good team en­vi­ron­ment and en­joys play­ing to the best of her abil­i­ties each time she takes the field, and isn’t that what the best sport is all about?”

The lo­cal play­ers fly out on Jan­uary 3 and read­ers can fol­low their progress on­line at MyCricket’s Aus­tralian Coun­try Cham­pi­onships page.

Crick­eters Meg Thomp­son, Emma Bresser and Han­nah Bid­dulph.

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