Pink Stumps Day T20 at Thornton showcase of women's cricket

BIG BASH: Jasmine Goode, 16, and sisters Jordan, 12, and Cassidy Baker, 16, are taking part in Saturday's twilight Pink Stumps Twenty20 match at Thornton Oval. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

BIG BASH: Jasmine Goode, 16, and sisters Jordan, 12, and Cassidy Baker, 16, are taking part in Saturday's twilight Pink Stumps Twenty20 match at Thornton Oval. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Some of the best up-and-coming female cricketers from Maitland will don coloured clothing for a Pink Stump Day Twenty-20 match at Thornton on Saturday.

The twilight match has been scheduled for 6pm but organisers will set it back to 7pm and reduce overs if heat becomes an issue.

The match will feature Maitland’s Maisy Gibson who has broken through to the professional ranks playing with NSW Breakers in the Women’s National Cricket League and Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League.

Leg-spinner Gibson, 20, is also part of the 2016-17 Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars development squad and holds the distinction of being the first woman to play first grade cricket in Maitland.

Many of the players taking part are following the same path trailed by Gibson including Jasmine Goode, 16, and sisters Cassidy, 15, and Jordan Baker, 12.

Jasmine and Cassidy have both represented the Hunter in school competitions and have been part of Central North representative teams.

Jasmine, who plays fourth grade in the Newcastle men’s competition, has represented NSW Country twice after being selected at the State Challenge.

Cassidy, who plays fifth grade with City United in the Maitland competition, is pushing for her first NSW Country cap this year.

”The state and nationals competitions are the only real path at the moment to breaking into the state and Women’s Big Bash League sides,” Jasmine said.

“We both know Maisy and it has been great to see her break through. Hopefully we can follow in her footsteps.”

The female cricketing stars of the future have been invited to an information session at Robins Oval from 5pm on Thursday, February 16, when details of the upcoming girls’ representative season will be detailed.

Maitland District Junior Cricket Association president Glen Findley said the Maitland girls cricket program, overseen by Jaclyn Vickery, was proving extremely popular and was held each Thursday from 5pm at the ovals off Mount Pleasant Street, Maitland, below the Maitland Hospital 

Saturday’s Pink Stumps Day Twilight T20 match begins at 6pm at Thornton No.1 Oval.

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