Courtney Webb makes Tasmanian cricket debut after AFLW draft combine

PROMISING START: Courtney Webb glances a ball past the keeper in her Tassie Roar debut. Picture: Cricket Tasmania/ Getty Images
PROMISING START: Courtney Webb glances a ball past the keeper in her Tassie Roar debut. Picture: Cricket Tasmania/ Getty Images

Courtney Webb’s first ball for the Tassie Roar was one to remember. 

Entering the attack with Western Australia cruising towards victory at 0-111, Webb immediately found herself at the centre of celebrations when she had former Australian under-18 captain Chloe Piparo caught at backward point.

“It was on my first ball so it was a bit funny at the time but it’ll be good to look back on,” the 17-year-old said.

“(My teammates) were really good, I had to fix my hair afterwards - there were a few head rubs.”

Webb’s state cricket debut marked the completion of a hectic week which included two days spent at the inaugural AFLW national draft combine at Etihad Stadium.

After impressing in the combine’s endurance testing on the Wednesday, the South Launceston cricketer spent one day at home before flying to Adelaide to join up with the Roar. 

EYE ON THE BALL: Webb jostles with an opponent in the TSLW grand final.

EYE ON THE BALL: Webb jostles with an opponent in the TSLW grand final.

“The combine was an amazing experience as well, so to be able to have two really good opportunities in the past week for the two sports I really enjoy was awesome for me.

“As far as switching between the two it wasn’t too much of a hassle.

“I’ve played the two sports for some time and there’s always been some overlap between the two and I was just enjoying every moment of it.”

And there was plenty to enjoy.

After dismissing Piparo in her first over, Webb added Australian big-hitter Elyse Villani to her list of scalps before finishing with team-high figures of 2-28 from 5.5 overs.

Webb again finished as her team’s most economical bowler in a clash against South Australia the following day, claiming the wicket of former White Ferns vice-captain Sophie Devine on her way to collecting figures of 1-26 off 6.4 overs.

She also scored a hard-fought 13 batting at number seven. 

“My batting probably could have been a bit better but I was really happy to make my debut over there and get to play the second game as well, I was very lucky. 

“I was stoked to even make the final 13 and then to be able to play a game, have a few overs and get a couple of wickets on debut as well was a pretty awesome feeling.”

Webb will spend the next week at home before joining up with Cricket Australia’s under-18 development squad in Brisbane next Wednesday.