YOUNG female cricketers started their training for the summer season this week.
The under-14 and under-16 Central Highlands Girl Pathways training session began yesterday and will continue today at St Patrick’s College.
Central Highlands regional cricket manager Campbell Waring said the training sessions were social for the girls, with many of the girls making close friends through the clinics, as well as skill developing.
“We’ve got a mix of players here, with some newly involved in Central Highlands cricket, and some returning for the new season,” Waring said.
“We’ve got a strong female cricket region here in the Central Highlands, and it’s only getting stronger. More and more girls are getting involved.”
The team will be selected in early December for state competitions beginning from January 9.
“We’ve done a few specific exercises as well, the girls have been working on their back foot batting,” Waring said.
Laura Prendegast has competed in the under-14 side for the past two years, and hopes to be selected for the under-16 side this year.
“We’ve been working on a range of things, including batting technique and throwing and catching,” Prendegast said.
“I’ve got involved in cricket after watching my brothers play. It’s really fun, and when you hit the ball really hard it’s a good stress relief.”