The sentiment has never made more sense for WA’s aspiring female cricketers, in the afterglow of the Perth Scorchers sensational WBBL|07 title.

Despite their new star status, the Scorchers aren’t forgetting their roots in community cricket. In the first week of summer dozens of keen youngsters from Scarborough Junior Cricket Club were put through their paces by title-winning leg-spinner Alana King.

The special all-girl training session was made possible as part of WA Cricket’s Next Innings funding program which aims to get more girls into the game.

Perth’s North-Metro region has been selected as one of five national case studies on growing female participation. WA has successfully received over $50,000 in state funding and more than $20,000 in additional funding going direct to local clubs.

And it’s working.

Western Australia is leading the country in the number of women and girls signing up to play cricket, with a 13% growth in registered players and an impressive 28% increase in girls playing Woolworths Cricket Blast and Junior Club Cricket, according to the the 2020-21 Australian Cricket Census.

And with role models like Alana King, that’s only set to grow.

To find out more about girls and women’s cricket in your suburb head to play.cricket.com.au