Morwell on the hunt for cricketers

Morwell Cricket Club’s women’s representative side is on the hunt for new players as it prepares for the beginning of this year’s Gippsland Cricket League season.

The reigning premiers recently resumed training at Morwell’s Keegan Street Reserve and coach Barry Mathieson said the club was eager to add new players of all ages and abilities.

“We’re pretty solid. We’ve got a good core base of 14 players who are pretty regular,” Mathieson said.

“But we’re always look for new players – young and old.”

The profile of women’s cricket has risen in recent years on the back of last year’s Women’s Big Bash League Twenty20 launch and Cricket Australia’s 2013 decision to professionalise the women’s national contracts system.

In last season’s grand final Morwell defeated Sale-Maffra by 21 runs after electing to bat first.

Morwell opener Megan Clymo (45) and middle order batsman Lynda Walker (42 not out) were the stars with the bat in that game, steering their team to 3/152.

Zoe Treloar came on at fifth change to take 3/15 off five overs, while new ball bowler Robin Fitzpatrick took 2/13 off her eight.

The women’s team trains at the same time as the club’s men’s sides, but has its own dedicated net.

Mathieson said this allowed the women’s team to draw on the experience of the club’s men’s sides.

“That’s the best part of it – we have our own net and the guys will pop in and offer advice,” he said.

“The girls have been integrated into the side really well and that’s probably key to our success, that the Morwell Cricket Club has adopted us and made us feel welcome.”

Mathieson said because games were every second Sunday the club was ideal for players who could not commit to playing each week or were interested in the social aspect of sport.

“We’ve got different girls coming down and they didn’t know about cricket (in the beginning) and they wanted to make friends and get into the social side of it,” he said.

The infrequent playing schedule also meant the club needed a squad of about 18 players, Mathieson said.

Training for the Morwell Cricket Club women’s team begins at 4.45pm on Thursdays at Keegan Street Reserve.

For more information phone Barry Mathieson on 5122 2840 or 0418 595 168.