Erskine Park teen hoping for Australian call up

Erskine Park teenager Hannah Darlington is on the long list for call up to the Australian women's Indigenous cricket, due to tour England.

Call up hopes: Erskine Park cricketer Hannah Darlington, 15, pictured during her recent trip to Brisbane. Picture: Supplied.

Call up hopes: Erskine Park cricketer Hannah Darlington, 15, pictured during her recent trip to Brisbane. Picture: Supplied.

The talented top order batter has just returned from a trip to Brisbane where 20 of the country’s premier Indigenous players took part in a three-game camp to help selectors decide the final roster.

One of the matches was against Queensland Fire players, whose line-up included Australian representatives.

“It was really tough, actually,” Darlington admitted. “I batted at three in that game.

“I was a little disappointed with my performance but it was a great experience.”

The 15-year-old attends Westfield Sport High School and has played with Penrith Cricket Club since becoming interested in the sport at the tender age of 10 while attending James Erskine Primary School.

Indeed, Darlington even captained Penrith’s second grade side despite being the youngest in the team.

In just five years, Darlington has achieved significant milestones in both outdoor and indoor cricket; outdoors, she has played on the state women’s Indigenous Team, and in 2016 managed to secure a Sydney Thunder rookie contract. She was also named player of the tournament and leading wicket keeper while playing in the Combined High Schools team.

Indoors, she was named on the NSW U18 side in both 2015/16 and 2016/17, and represented Australia in the World Cup against New Zealand and South Africa, walking away a winner from both matches.

In April of this year, she was also named Penrith Valley Sports Foundation’s junior sports star of the month.

From next season Darlington will move to Campbelltown-Camden Cricket Club to further her career, with an international cap her ultimate goal.

“I want to cement a spot in a first grade side,” she said. “I see myself as a top order batter, an attacking batter, I like to hit the boundaries.

“I’d like to climb the ranks and play for Australia in the outdoor side.”