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Trenaman stars on debut

Friday, 4th January, 2019

Sydney Thunder captain Alex Blackwell (left) presents Rachel Trenaman with her cap ahead of her debut on Wednesday. PICTURE: Supplied Sydney Thunder captain Alex Blackwell (left) presents Rachel Trenaman with her cap ahead of her debut on Wednesday. PICTURE: Supplied

By Tyler Hannigan

Former local Rachel Trenaman made a successful Women’s Big Bash League debut when her team Sydney Thunder knocked off the ladder-leading Sixers on Wednesday.

Trenaman, 17, played her first game in the Sydney Thunder’s dominant eight-wicket win over the stacked Sydney Sixers. The all-rounder was into the action early as her leg spin was used to great effect on a low and slow Spotless Stadium pitch.

Bowling the fifth over of the innings, Trenaman showed no signs of nerves as she had had Aussie star Ash Gardner stumped for a duck. The wicket saw the Sixers slump to 3-23 with their other international stars already back in the sheds.

Lisa Griffith ensured the Thunder made a perfect start by removing Ellyse Perry for 13 and women’s international T20 player of the year Alyssa Healy for nine. Perry, Healy and Gardner were a part of Australia’s successful world T20 campaign and all three were named in the ICC women’s T20 team of 2018.

While the wicket of Gardner was fantastic, Trenaman wasn’t done as she dismissed South African Dane van Niekerk caught behind as part of a wicket maiden third over to reduce the Sixers to a woeful 6-33. 

Trenaman finished with fantastic figures of 2-11 from her four overs as the Sixers crawled to 7-98 from their 20 overs. She wasn’t required with the bat as the Thunder chased the total without issue thanks to Naomi Stalenberg’s unbeaten 44 and 43 by Rachael Haynes.

Trenaman has long been seen as a future star in women’s cricket, captaining an Australian Under 19 team on a tour of South Africa last season at just 16 years old. She enjoyed a terrific tour with the bat with scores of 122, 41* and 91 against the South African and English teams.

Sydney Thunder will next play a pair of games against the Melbourne Stars on January 5 and 6 before facing the Melbourne Renegades on January 8 and finishing their regular season against the Brisbane Heat on January 12. 

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