Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Women Deserve Chance to Shine; Brisbane Heat Helps Inspire Cricketers

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Women Deserve Chance to Shine; Brisbane Heat Helps Inspire Cricketers

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THE Brisbane Heat visit to Limestone Park tomorrow week will hopefully encourage and inspire the younger generation.

One of the many benefits of the December 13 fan day and exhibition match could be seeing more young girls taking up cricket.

This weekend is the start of the inaugural Women's Big Bash League.

The women's teams will have the same franchise names as the men and deserve supporting.

Since the First Test between Australia and England in 1934, women's cricket has been the poor relation to the men's game.

Test cricket is all but dead while the women's Ashes is decided by a points system over a Test match, three one-dayers and three T20s.

Outside the Ashes, the women play a heavy schedule of T20s and one-dayers to compensate for the lack of Test matches.

The creation of WBBL for semi-professional Australian cricketers will help improve their game and create an environment where they can attract young girls to a more friendly, family orientated sport.

Ipswich has produced two international players in the past 20 years -- Melissa Bulow and Jodi Dannatt.

Bulow was Queensland captain for a long period and carried her state on many occasions. However, her feats are much understated.

It is unfair to think that Bulow didn't train and play any less harder than her male counterpart, the much maligned all-rounder Shane Watson.

Other women who have made a mark for Queensland are Harrisville-based Jo Ann Verrall, Julie Wiseman (nee Kaatz) and youngster Casey Ryan.

Springfield-based Ash Barty is a new member of the Heat squad.

Some of the women's games will be on before the men's Big Bash.

The Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades match on December 19 at the Gabba is first this summer.

Women's sport will be on the march in the next 10 years so it is pleasing to see Cricket Australia leading the way in giving the women a chance to shine on the big stage and attract some worthy sponsorship.

Sippel's record bid

LAIDLEY stalwart Michael Sippel is currently 228 not out against Swifts and a mere 37 runs away from the highest individual score in Ipswich first grade history.

There have been 23 double centuries in the 123 year history of the Ipswich association. …

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