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Scorchers Bridge Gap In Female Pathway

26 February 2018

The Perth Scorchers have implemented a new initiative to help bridge a gap identified in the female playing pathway, prompting the Club's Rebel WBBL coach Lisa Keightley to call on participants for the Perth Scorchers Women's League competition.

The initiative is a community cricket competition aimed at continuing the growth of the female cricket pathway for players who either want to re-ignite their cricket journey or don't feel they're ready to play in the Alcohol.Think Again Premier Cricket competition.

The matches will be played with competitive spirit, but will also allow women 17 years and over, of all abilities, to enjoy the game and improve their skills.

Keightley said it was an important bridge in the pathway that also opened doors for those who wanted to play the game for fun.

"This is a great pathway through the WACA to help see if cricket is something you would like to pursue and then you could keep moving through to club cricket," Keightley said.

"If you take Mathilda Carmichael; she played hockey professionally, played cricket as a younger kid at school, she came down and had a go at club cricket and now she's playing for the Scorchers."

Scorchers captain Elyse Villani said the program would be a great opportunity to help people develop their cricket skills.

"This program will be great in bridging the gap between competitive grade cricket and cricket players who might not be ready to play at a competitive level," Villani said.

"I would definitely encourage people to try out this competition."

Scorchers wicketkeeper Emily Smith echoed the sentiment, saying it was a format she would have loved to have played.

"I used to play cricket in boys teams and I didn't even know girls played cricket until I was 11," Smith said.

"I think this program will be great at helping out people who might not be sure they want to play cricket.

"It can definitely be daunting at times but my advice would be to stick with it and give it a go.

"If you enjoy it, keep going and you could be able to turn it into a career one day."

The pilot T20 cricket program will run over four weeks throughout March at locations both North and South of Perth.

If you are interested in joining or nominating a team contact emily.johnston@waca.com.au or your local senior community cricket club to find out if they have registered a team.