The Sydney Cricket Ground has been the scene for many great cricket feats and now it will hold a special place in Western Fury veteran Avril Fahey’s heart as she gets set to play her 150th game for WA at the iconic venue.
Fahey is due to play her 150th representative match for WA’s premier women’s cricket team when the WA side takes on the Lend Lease Breakers at the Sydney Cricket Ground this Saturday, November 27 in a WNCL game. WA and NSW will also do battle in a Twenty20 game today (November 26) and again on Sunday (November 28).
“When I think about the SCG I think about Donald Bradman so to bring up the milestone there is very exciting,” Fahey said ahead of the impressive milestone.
“I have played there a few times over the years, both for the Fury and for Australia, so I have got really good memories of the ground and it’s always great to get back there.”
The emotion-charged game will add to Fahey’s current tally of 134 one-day and 14 Twenty20 games for the Fury.
A composed right-hand bat and off-spin bowler, Fahey made her Western Fury debut as an 18-year old in the season of 1992-93 and has been a mainstay in WA women’s cricket for just on two decades.
Fahey’s passion for the game and desire to mentor the stream of younger players coming through keeps her motivated and Fury coach Steve Philippe praised Fahey’s success and dedication to the game.
“For someone to have such longevity in the game is a reflection of their nobility, dedication, commitment, and a single-mindedness to be successful,” Philippe said.
“Avril is a wonderful role model for her team mates and all women’s cricketers in Western Australia. She prepares well and is still making a valuable contribution with bat, ball and in the field, and sets the standard for our players to live up to.”
By Tracey Lewis