90 Not Out For Queensland Women
The past, present and future of women’s cricket in Queensland came together today at Allan Border Field to celebrate its 90th anniversary in the State.
A reunion to mark 90 years since the formal inception of women’s cricket in Queensland took place with the background of the Katherine Raymont Shield Premier Grade Final between Gold Coast and Sandgate-Redcliffe.
Queensland’s oldest surviving Australian player, Val Slater, and 92-year-old former State player Phyllis Manson, were on hand to witness World Cup star Beth Mooney continue her stellar season, scoring 112 for Sandgate-Redcliffe to help them to the premiership today, just a week after playing a leading role in Australia’s World Cup triumph at the MCG.
The Queensland trio of Mooney, Jess Jonassen and Delissa Kimmince all featured prominently in the T20 World Cup Final before a record crowd in Melbourne against India.
Mooney and Kimmince (Gold Coast) became available to play in the Final of the Women’s Premier Grade competition when Australia’s tour of South Africa was cancelled late last week as part of measures surrounding the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Batting alongside Mooney today in the Gators side was Toowoomba teen Georgia Voll, who made her Konica Minolta Queensland Fire debut earlier this season to become the most recent woman to have represented her State.
Slater, 87, shared tales of travelling from Brisbane to Sydney with the Queensland Women’s team in the early 1950s when they ventured south in a Catalina flying boat that took off from the Hamilton Reach of the Brisbane River.
A top order bat, Slater captained Queensland and represented Australia in 1958 against England in Sydney.
Queensland Ladies Cricket was formed officially in 1929, with the first Queensland Women’s team taking the field in 1931. There were several name changes along the way and periods of hiatus, although Queensland was the first state to formally merge men’s and women’s cricket in 1998.
Today’s event featured appearances by a host of State and Australian players including Australian World Cup winning captain Jodie Fields, and newly retired Queensland Fire and dual WBBL Brisbane Heat premiership captain Kirby Short.
Fields was the first Queenslander to captain the Australian Women’s team and led Australia to victory in the 2012 T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. She followed that by leading the team to the ICC Women’s World Cup title in India less than six months later in February 2013.
Medium-pacer Jodi Dannatt, who now assists the Ipswich/Logan Hornets team that made the semi-finals, was a member of 1997 squad that won the 50 overs Women's World Cup in India, as was wicket-keeper Julia Price who also tasted victory in 2005.
Holly Ferling was in the 2013 squad that defeated the West Indies in India while leg-spinner Sharyn Bow was in the 1993 World Cup squad that played in England.
Queensland and Australian wicket-keeper Katherine Raymont was on hand to present the Shield named in her honour to the victorious Sandgate-Redcliffe team.
Queensland Cricket Deputy Chair Kirsten Pike, a former Fire and Australian pace bowler, thanked the generations of past and current female players for the role they played in establishing cricket in Queensland across the decades.
“To see so many girls playing the game now is hugely rewarding and reminds us that cricket is indeed a sport for all,’’ she said.
Pike congratulated former players Marg Ready, Maryanne Brandon and Raymont for their role in researching the game's history and re-connecting players from the various eras for the reunion.
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