CALROSSY student Jessica Davidson has bowled the competition away becoming the youngest member of the Combined Independent Schools cricket side.
Davidson lined up for the CIS side in Nowra last week for the PSSA Girls Cricket Championships and came home with a swag of wickets, great figures, and a few runs as well.
The fast bowler tore through some opposition orders to finish the tournament on 7/63 off 35 overs, stats a professional player would be jealous of.
In one game the young speedster ended up with 2/7 after some very tight overs in the 25 over format, and she also picked up a 20 not out with the willow.
Teacher and coach Tim O’Callaghan said it was a remarkable achievement as the young cricketer was playing with and against girls more than two years older than her.
“It is fantastic because she can make the side for another two years, so who knows what could happen,” O’Callaghan said.
One of her heroes is current Australian cricketer and fellow Tamworthian Erin Osborne, who coincidentally was also coached in primary school by O’Callahan when he taught at St Ed’s.
“There is some big similarities between the two at the same age,” O’Callaghan said.
“The biggest is probably their desire to be out there playing as much as they can. It is great to see.”
Naturally one of her other heroes is Bendemeer paceman Josh Hazlewood.
One of the highlights for the young bowler this year was getting to bowl next to and talk to Hazlewood and the NSW Blues at the SCG during the CIS trials.
Not only is the young athlete lethal with a cricket ball, she is also a discus champion who recently competed for CIS at Homebush.
She came fourth with a great throw of 28.32m, just missing out on NSW selection by centimetres.
Jess’s next goal is to make the CIS cricket team again next year, as the trials have been moved to the end of this year.
In the meantime she will keep terrorising the older boys in the school nets whilst playing for Calrossy, as well as being an attacking bowler in the Tamworth U12 representative side.