Launceston cricketers Courtney Webb and Emma Manix-Geeves have received the honour of being picked in the Cricket Australia under-18 female talent squad after good performances at the recent national championships in Hobart.
The girls will travel to the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane for extra specialist training ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Webb, 16, a Launceston College year 11 student, scored 201 runs from eight innings at the carnival for Tasmania at an average of 28.71 and a highest score of 52 not out in the final Twenty20 match.
Manix-Geeves, 16, is a wicket-keeper/batter who attends grade 10 at Riverside High and hit 215 runs with a highest score of 83, at an average of 35.83.
The pair were co vice-captains of the Tasmanian team and were playing in their third national championships for the state.
Both have aspirations of one day earning full-time contracts with the Tasmanian Roar and Hobart Hurricanes WBBL teams.
Webb took another step towards that goal when she was the recipient of a WBBL Hurricanes rookie contract for the coming season from Cricket Tasmania.
“It was really exciting for the both of us getting picked in the under-18 development squad,” Webb said. “It is Emma’s first time being picked in a national squad and she was very excited.
“It’s my second time but first at under-18 level so it will be another level higher and I’m really looking forward to it. I had a really good start to the nationals with the bat followed by a not so good couple of performances in the second half but finished off with a good score in the final against SA and overall I was really happy with the way I went.”