Saskia Horley received extra motivation to play in the Women’s Big Bash League by fielding for one over in the season-opening match against the Sydney Sixers.
Horley, who made her debut for the NSW Breakers earlier this year will never forget her few minutes on North Sydney Oval as Phoebe Litchfield’s replacement.
“It was a new experience,” she enthused. “I haven’t been in the surrounds of the big crowds; the volume of noise [that’s part of the Big Bash.”
“It was really exciting, but I was a bit nervous when Trevor [coach Griffin] told me to warm up. I just had to take in as much as I could. I really wanted to stay on.”
Horley said her biggest lesson that night was realizing the value of hand signals.
“I didn’t realise the importance of them,” she said. “When you [play in] under age games you can call people, but it was all eyes on [Sydney Thunder captain] Rachael Haynes.”
Horley said she was benefiting from working with Pakistan all-rounder Nida Dar, whose right-arm off-breaks had captured 154 international wickets.
“At training I bowled at her and she bowled at me,” she said. “That was something I never expected to experience; I learnt so much.”