Scholes to join up with Sydney Sixers
Cricket Scotland are pleased to announce that Rachel Scholes has been named as a rookie-player for the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League, taking place in January 2016.
It comes on the back of the Wildcats Women’s World T20 Qualifier in Thailand where Cricket Australia had several scouts present. Scotland concluded the tournament in fourth position.
On news of her call up Rachel Scholes said, “Being named on the WBBL rookie list was a shock to me, I didn't expect it at all.
I think the fact that I performed well against Thailand and was getting a regular chance to bowl helped.
I'm very excited to go out and train with some fantastic cricketers and gain as much experience and knowledge as I can in the two weeks, I'm sure it'll be an amazing experience.”
Her top-performance of the tournament came in Scotland’s must-win match against Thailand, scoring 32 with the bat and returning with figures of 1/7.
Nominated players were considered by a selection panel consisting of Cricket Australia’s Women’s Youth Coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick, former England player Holly Colvin, former Bangladesh Test Cricketer Aminul Islam, and ICC Head of Global Development Tim Anderson, with the final selections made after observing players throughout the tournament.
When asked about the squad’s most recent experience Scholes added, “The qualifiers were amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it.
The conditions were tough with the obvious temperature difference to what we're used to in Scotland, the acclimatisation period was essential and did us a lot of good.
As well as the heat the pitch conditions were also new and took some getting used to, the low slow tracks took some patience and the slow outfields meant a lot of running!
The pitches turned out to be helpful to spinners which meant I had the opportunity to bowl more than I expected which I really enjoyed.
The whole tour was a great experience with the team and the support we received from the people who travelled to see us and everyone watching back home was absolutely amazing and we all appreciated it massively.”
Scholes will not join up with the squad for the first two weeks of January.
The following players have been chosen as the rookies for the rebel WBBL Associate Rookie Program:
Miranda Veringmeier (Netherlands) - Adelaide Strikers
Norma Ovasuru (Papua New Guinea) - Brisbane Heat
Kim Garth (Ireland) - Hobart Hurricanes
Mariko Hill (Hong Kong) - Melbourne Renegades
Wu Juan (China) - Melbourne Stars
Rachel Scholes (Scotland) - Sydney Sixers
Suleeporn Laomi (Thailand) - Sydney Thunder