In the opening game of this year’s Australian Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton, Western Australia, Gawler girl Brittany Perry created a piece of women's country cricket history becoming the first female to make a century at this event.
Playing in the first match Perry opened the batting with Hannah Armstrong and produced a brilliant 144 run opening stand on Sunday, January 7, from their 20 overs allotment against the host WA.
The South Australian team made an imposing total 6/ 185, Perry producing a chanceless hundred
“I was pretty excited,” Perry said
“...and I don't think it's quite sunk in yet either, it is a bit of a shock actually.
“I hit three fours (in a row) to move from 88 to 100 and there was just a little raise of the bat, I didn’t even take my helmet off.
“At the time I was more focused about the next delivery and the next over; being in the moment.
“It's always been an ambition to make a century and it's nice to achieve it at this level.
“I was dismissed in the 19th over and importantly we had a win.
“There are further things to achieve as in this tournament and it doesn’t mean much if you don’t win the title.
“Also this town is one of the windiest places I've ever played cricket in.”
SA when on to dismiss Western Australian Country for 119 and won the game by 66 runs.
Just to add to her performance with the bat, in the Sandgropers’ batting innings Perry was given over with the ball by her skipper Cara Fielbig and took a wicket at the modest cost of four runs.
SA previously finished runners up to the ACCC title in its first year, in Mount Gambier in 2016, and was semi- finalist last year in Wollongong.
Perry is keen to be a member of the inaugural SA Outback side to win the ACCC women's title.
She has been a member of the SA Scorpions squad and won the Batting trophy at both the 2016 and 2017 ACCC event.
Perry will also continue with North Adelaide in the SANFL Womens football competition in its second season starting in February this year
Now 23, she is also a member of the SA Scorpions squad, but surprisingly hasn’t got a WBBL Strikers contract.