Charters Towers and Townsville Cricketer to make debut for the Queensland Fire
Charters Towers and Townsville local cricketer, teenager Haidee Birkett, will make her Women’s National Cricket League debut on Saturday as the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire selectors cast an eye to the future.
The Fire are out of contention for the one-day final and will use the 50-over clash against the ACT Meteors at Allan Border Field to give the highly talented 17-year-old Birkett an opportunity at WNCL level.
A right-arm medium pacer and right-hand bat, Birkett goes into the game full of confidence after snaring 4-28 off 10 overs for Sandgate-Redcliffe against Western Suburbs last weekend. Her victims included the Fire’s most decorated batters, Melissa Bulow and Jodie Fields, and new Fire teammate Holly Ferling.
A natural-born leader, Birkett captained the State under 18 side last season and will do so again at next month’s titles in Ballarat, which also includes Townsville’s Meagan Dixon. Haidee was vice-captain of the Queensland Under 15 team that won the national championship in 2011.
Haidee currently spends her time between playing in the local Townsville competition for the ladies team in the 3rd grade Men’s competition and opportunities in Brisbane for Sandgate-Redcliffe. Haidee has just completed her year 12 studies in Charters Towers and will now look to furthering her opportunities in the cricket field