Youngest Striker Ever Completes WBBL squad
Sixteen-year-old Darcie Brown has signed a three-year deal with the Adelaide Strikers, completing the squad for rebel WBBL|05.
The youngest ever player (male or female) to sign a Strikers contract, Brown is making history for the franchise.
Born and raised in Kapunda, Brown moved to Adelaide to complete her schooling at Henley High earlier this year, with the school offering highly-regarded sports programs.
“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.
The year 11 student is one of the fastest female bowlers in the State, being clocked at speeds of up to 116 kilometres per hour.
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.
“Unfortunately, we will be missing Megan (Schutt) who will be finishing up Australian duties and Stafanie (Taylor) who will still be with West Indies cricket, but they will join us back in Adelaide.
“It will be a great opportunity for the playing group and support staff to gather and start mapping out the season ahead.”
The Strikers begin their WBBL campaign at Karen Rolton Oval on 19 and 20 October. Entry to all women's matches in South Australia is free.
Complete Adelaide Strikers WBBL|05 squad
Sophie Devine (OS)
Suzie Bates (OS)
Stafanie Taylor (OS)
Lauren Winfield (OS)