Sydney Thunder has signed Hannah Darlington for the upcoming Rebel Women’s Big Bash League, with the 15-year old becoming the first graduate of the Thunder WBBL Academy.
“I’m really excited to join Sydney Thunder for WBBL03,” said Hannah Darlington.
“I want to take the opportunity with both hands to learn from the older girls and the experience they have and hopefully take some of that away.
“I like to think that I’m a pretty attacking batter, I like to take a few risks which might let me down at times, but I like to play an exciting game.”
As a member of last year’s Thunder Academy she trained alongside the Sydney Thunder squad as well as receiving specialist one on one training.
“It’s amazing to see how they are just normal people,” said Darlington.
“I’ve always looked up Alex Blackwell, I remember once getting to the SCG early for training and she was having a hit, I just sat there in awe watching her bat.
“To be around her for three months with Thunder is really exciting. The way she leads Thunder is amazing.”
Darlington is a student at Westfields Sports High School, where she recently presented with their Cricket Player of the Year Award by Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon, who is confident Darlington’s cricketing skills will continue to develop being part of the full Thunder squad.
“Hannah has shown talent and maturity beyond her young years as part of the CNSW and Thunder development programmes,” said Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon.
“She deserves a full contract with the Thunder WBBL squad and although a large part of this season will be a learning experience for her, the coaching staff and I are confident she will contribute positively to the team.
“Hannah is one of the exciting group of young, talented, confident cricketers who have been brought up on T20 and short form cricket and who will form an important part of the future success of the Sydney Thunder.”
Darlington has had an impressive twelve months taking 10-wickets and scoring 120-runs for the Cricket Australia XI at the Under 18 National Championships after also captaining the NSW Under 15 side.
Sydney Thunder open their Rebel Women’s Big Bash League campaign against the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers on 9 and 10 December at North Sydney Oval.