NEW STRIKERS LEADER
He captained the SA Under 19s to a national title and led the Redbacks to back-to-back Sheffield Shield Finals appearances – now local powerhouse batsman Travis Head has been named captain of the Adelaide Strikers for the BBL|07 campaign.
The 23-year-old is the youngest captain in Strikers history and the first homegrown talent to get the role, taking over from departing veteran Brad Hodge.
Head, who is also skipper of the Redbacks, said he was honoured to lead the side this summer.
“It’s a privilege to be named captain. We’ve got such an exciting squad this season and a good mix of youth and experience,” Head said.
“We’ve got amazing fans, an incredible home ground at Adelaide Oval and I know the guys are really hungry to have success.
“There’s good continuity in the team with a few players who have stuck with us for several years plus a few big recruits like Colin Ingram, Rashid Khan and Peter Siddle.
“We can’t wait to get started.”
Head has played 26 matches for the Adelaide Strikers since making his Big Bash debut in January 2013.
He has hit 614 runs – ranked third all-time at Adelaide – and is the only Striker to score a BBL century.
Head also has nine Big Bash wickets including best figures of 3/16 against the Melbourne Renegades in BBL|05.
The Adelaide Strikers begin their BBL|07 campaign against the Sydney Thunder on Friday, December 22, from 7.10pm at Adelaide Oval.
FOUR NORTHERN JETS AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPS
Australia’s emerging cricketers gathered in Canberra for the Cricket Australia Under 18 Female National Championships which started on November 27 and will run until December 7.
These championships see Australia’s best up and coming female cricketers vie for Twenty20 and 50-over glory for the first time, having previously competed across both formats in a combined competition.
In another first, two teams will be selected following the championship to compete in an Under 18 WBBL Exhibition Game on January 28 at the MCG, following the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League clash between the Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes.
After the Twenty20 component of the tournament, SA finished fifth with three wins, four losses and a draw
There are four Northern Jets girls playing for SA and Kapunda tri-sports talent Darcie Brown playing for an Australian XI.
“Stephanie Beazleigh still eligible for Under 15s,” SA coach James Treagus said.
“Steph is a hard hitting middle order batter and change bowler.
“Unfortunately she received a head injury while fielding in our second match resulting in missing the remainder of the T20 section of the tournament after getting wickets in the first two matches.
“Taylah Gregory is an off spin bowler who has taken to the craft exceptionally well after turning to the art in the last 12 months.
“She is an economic bowler who is able to build pressure as well as take wickets.
“Taylah is also a very solid middle/lower order batter able to develop partnerships.”
Gregory and SA team mate Katie Rowe have played cricket for Kapunda with Darcie Brown, while Beazleigh has donned the creams with Gawler Central.
SIX IN OUTBACKS SQUAD
The 2018 SA Outback side has six players from the Barossa and Light competition including veteran Ben Parish from Freeling, who also has a strong connection with the South East, and dual state country sporting talent Joey Brown, who played State Country football in July against WA at Fremantle Oval.
The mercurial sporting talent Jake Birchmore along with former Australian country selection Sean Nottle are further B&L talents.
The two other South Gawler players Chris Graser and left-arm orthodox spinner David Golder will be making their Outbacks debuts.
Both Parish and Nottle were key members of the Outbacks breakthrough 2016 title win in Mount Gambier.
Parish is on his eighth tour with the Outbacks, after debuting back in the 2008 tournament in Mackay, Queensland.
In the Australian Country Cricket Championships tournament held in the Barossa Valley in 2009, Parish played alongside Trent Burge and Boh Wall in the Australian Country game against the Australian Cricketers Association XI at Tanunda Oval.
“I feel like I’m hitting the ball well,” Parish said.
“I was happy with my form in the Outbacks trials, which has given me some confidence.
“There are a number of new faces in the squad and it has a fresh new look about it this year.”
The 2018 squad:
- Josh Fidler (Captain – North Gambier)
- Dion Stratford (VC – East Gambier)
- Matt McInerney (North Gambier)
- Nick McInerney (North Gambier)
- Ashley Hentschke (East Gamboer)
- Joseph Brown (Kapunda)
- Ben Parish (Freeling)
- Jake Birchmore (Mallala)
- David Golder (South Gawler)
- Sean Nottle (South Gawler)
- Chris Graser (South)
- Brodie O’Dea (Pekina)
- Josh Pengelley (Roopena)
- Peter Wilson (Uraidla)
- Coach: Paul Pasculli
- Team Manager: Ian Graham