Sydney Thunder all-rounder Saskia Horley produced a brilliant batting display for Gordon Blue in the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket Combined First and Second Grade T20 competition on Sunday.
The 18-year-old smashed 80 from 48 balls, including nine fours and two sixes, to lead Gordon Blue to a 102-run win over Parramatta at Killara Park.
“It was really good to build an innings. I’ve got a bit of confidence from training with Thunder and being around the girls. Using my crease is what I wanted to do, and back myself. If I was going to hit, I really went for it,” said Horley.
The off-spinner backed up her top-score innings with bowling figures of 2-6.
“It’s always good to contribute. The group of girls at Gordon are really supportive and it’s helped me having some experienced players in the side like Hannah Trollip and Charlotte Anneveld, just helping me out with fields and knowledge of the game.”
Anneveld shared a 123-run third wicket partnership with Horley to guide Gordon Blue to a match-winning total of 180.
With the WBBL season starting in less than one week, Horley is doing everything she can to put her hand up for selection and make her debut.
“If I get an opportunity, I’m going to take it with both hands because that would be pretty amazing. That’s obviously been my goal right from the start. I enjoy cricket so much and playing for the Thunder would be a pretty awesome achievement, not only for me but for my family.”
This is Horley’s first WBBL contract after transitioning through the Cricket NSW pathway program and captaining the Australian Under 19’s Twenty20 squad earlier this year in South Africa.
Horley is the only new addition to the Thunder women's squad after the team made the semi-finals last season.
Thunder’s Naomi Stalenberg also continued her stellar form with the bat over the weekend, making a quick fire 34 from 17 balls for Penrith against Bankstown.
Thunder open their WBBL campaign against the Melbourne Renegades on Sunday December 2 at CitiPower Centre.