Charis Scott pictured (left) flying the Saltire
A lucky number of Scottish cricketers are currently spending their winter in the sun across the globe, whilst the rest of us battle with freezing indoor nets in Scotland.
Wildcat Charis Scott, playing at Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club in Melbourne, has been out in Australia since the end of September and will return at the end of March.
“The trip has helped me experience a whole new side of cricket and the different ways you can go about your game,” Charis says.
“Being in Melbourne will benefit my development as a cricketer and the way I take on opportunities and experiences that come my way in the future. It’s made me realise being out here that there are some things that may work back home, but I might have to adapt or change to make them come off over here due to the different conditions.”
Welcome to Charis Scott from @cricketscotland who will be making her debut for the 🔴⚫️ this weekend! Charis joins fellow Bomber debutants Samohn Hereora (pic 2) & Neve Crowley, who will also be representing our club for the first time this weekend. Welcome to the family 🙌♥️♣️ pic.twitter.com/EfI4BSbBEu— EMP (@EMPLCC) October 4, 2019
For Charis, she says she was unsure about being away from home for the first time on her sixth-month stint with Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club, but is now thankful.
“It’s been a fantastic experience and I’m glad I was given the opportunity. I’ve gained knowledge and experience from all at the club and they have been so welcoming.
“There are many quality players from Victorian State players to Australian internationalists. Each one is a role model in a different way, be it from their knowledge of the game or the way they go about their cricket and training. Just getting small tips and asking them questions has helped me improve my understanding of the game more.”
Her highlight so far came for the 1st team against Box Hill. Needing 16 runs to win with seven balls left, Charis came to the crease. After a dot ball first up, Charis’ team needed 16 from the final over.
“The final over went 2, 2, 4, 2 and 4. On the last ball, we needed 2 to win. It got hit straight back to the bowler but deflected to mid-off and all I could hear was the team on the sidelines shouting. We did it and won the game. It was amazing just to be part of the win even though I was just running 2s every ball!”
You can follow Charis’ progress in Australia here and Cricket Scotland wishes Charis every success for the rest of her season in Melbourne.