Darcie Brown makes history signing with WBBL

Born and raised in Kapunda, Brown is the youngest person (male or female) to sign with the Strikers. Photo: Strikers Media

Born and raised in Kapunda, Brown is the youngest person (male or female) to sign with the Strikers. Photo: Strikers Media

A Kapunda-born teen has made South Australian cricket history by being the youngest player ever player to sign a Strikers contract.

The Strikers announced on the weekend that sixteen-year-old Darcie Brown had signed a three-year deal with the Adelaide Strikers.

Born and raised in Kapunda, Brown moved to Adelaide to complete her education at Henley High School earlier this year, with the school offering highly-regarded sports programs.

The announcement reported that the year 11 student is one of the fastest female bowlers in the State, clocking up speeds of up to 116 kilometres per hour.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for Darcie to join our group - she's just an exceptionally exciting young talent and just for her to mix with the calibre of players we've got both from an overseas point of view and our locals, will be great for her development," Head Coach Luke Williams said

In early 2019, Brown was selected for the Under 19 Australian side at just 15 years of age, travelling to New Zealand to play a series against the New Zealand development squad.

"Raw pace is obviously Darcie's main attribute and she is certainly learning more and more around the tactics of the game and using different variations," Williams said.

"Her key strength is to bowl fast so we would be encouraging her whenever she gets the opportunity to play to do just that. That's going to be her point of difference in the competition."

The Strikers will travel to Melbourne on Wednesday for a training camp, playing two practice matches against the ICC Global Women's Development squad.

"I think it's going to be a great opportunity to get the group together for some match practice and have a bit more time together leading into the competition than previous years," Williams continued.

The Strikers begin their WBBL campaign at Karen Rolton Oval on October 19 and 20. Locals will be able to see the squad in action when Nuriootpa hosts a WBBL Twenty20 match against the Melbourne Stars on Saturday, November 16 at Centennial Park Oval. Entry to all WBBL matches in South Australia is free.