Star returns for Valley’s Big Bash

Junior prodigy: Current Melbourne Stars captain Nicole Faltum during her days playing with Morwell Cricket Club. photograph supplied




JUST one more week remains until the Big Bash League makes its way to the Latrobe Valley.


Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe will host a festival of women’s Big Bash games, starting Saturday, November 19.


Melbourne Stars take on Perth Scorchers, and then the Scorchers play the Melbourne Renegades on Sunday.


The Sunday double-header will then see the Stars take on Brisbane Heat.


In a special homecoming, newly appointed Stars captain Nicole Faltum will return to where she grew up playing cricket.


Faltum spent her junior years at Trafalgar Cricket Club and also at Morwell as part of the Tigers all-conquering women’s team.


Faltum played three seasons at Morwell from 2012 to 2015, playing in GCL premierships in each seasons.


These were her first senior female-only games before going to Dandenong in Victorian Premier Cricket. Her final three innings for Morwell were 53 retired, 50 retired and 50 retired, which included the 2014/15 Women’s GCL Grand Final where she opened the batting with Robin Fitzpatrick and put on 144 for the first wicket.Another cricketer in the WBBL who may feature for the Renegades in Moe with Latrobe Valley connections is Erica Kershaw.


Kershaw is a wicket-keeper and left-hand bat who was brought up in Traralgon, playing Junior Country Week for the TDCA in 2005/06, GCL Women’s Cricket for Leongatha (2005-2013) before playing for Victoria and the ACT and the Hobart Hurricanes and now Renegades in the WBBL.