Faltum for the Stars with two-year contract

Marching on: Local export Nicole Faltum (pictured wicket-keeping for the Melbourne Stars in Moe last season) has signed a two-year contract with the Stars' WBBL team. Photograph: Liam Durkin

TOM HAYES

CRICKET

By TOM HAYES

OUR own Nicole Faltum has recently penned a new two-year deal with Women’s Big Bash League side Melbourne Stars, ahead of WBBL09.

At just 23-years-old, Faltum is now entering her sixth season with the Melbourne Stars.

In 2019, Faltum committed to the Stars for an added three years. Her new contract could see her on the green side of Melbourne until the end of the 2024/25 season.

“Having played together for a number of seasons now, our squad has grown and learnt some tough lessons, but we feel like we’re ready to play finals,” Faltum said.

“We’ve got some of the most exiting youngsters in Australian cricket and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve this year and beyond.”

Faltum grew up playing cricket with the boys at Trafalgar Cricket Club and played a part in Morwell’s women’s side, winning three GCL premierships between 2012 and 2015.

Last season, Faltum was named captain on the Melbourne Stars after Australian skipper Meg Lanning withdrew from WBBL08, taking an indefinite break from the sport.

Faltum became the fifth captain of the Melbourne Stars, returning one of the best win rates of any of the Stars’ leaders.

Faltum’s WBBL08 Melbourne Stars recorded five wins and six losses, with a win rate of 45.45 per cent, the second-best in their history, second to Lanning who boasts a positive record of 27 wins, 25 losses (51.92 per cent win rate) throughout her tenure.

In her maiden season as captain, Faltum spent most of her time behind the stumps, claiming the fourth-most dismissals for a wicket keeper.

She had her hand in nine wickets; eight catches and a stumping from her 14 games throughout the campaign.

Featuring regularly as a batter, Faltum accumulated 83 runs from 11 innings throughout the tournament, striking at just under 100 with 97.64 per cent.

Outside of the Stars, Faltum elevated her game while playing for Victoria and Australia A.

She captained the Victorian side in the Women’s National Cricket League due to the absence of fellow Gippslander Sophie Molineaux, scoring a ton alongside superstar Ellyse Perry in January.

Faltum toured the United Kingdom with the Australia A squad last June and July, featuring in a three-day tour match, three T20s and three one-dayers against England.

Faltum captained the Aussies in all T20s and the first one-dayer, adding another string to her leadership bow.

During the three T20s, Faltum averaged 22 runs, claiming two stumpings and a run out.

Australia A whitewashed England 3-0 in the one dayers.

Faltum got her piece in the first game, scoring 57 with the bat. She managed 15 runs in her only other innings of the series, but left with an average of 36, adding an outfield catch in the second game to her stat line.

WBBL09 begins on Thursday, October 19 when the Melbourne Stars travel to face the Sydney Sixers in the opening clash.