Hours spent playing cricket in the backyard with her elder brother helped turn Jessica Davidson into one of the sport's most exciting young talents.
Matt Davidson recalled those marathon sessions at the family's Oxley Vale home after it was revealed this week that his 18-year-old daughter had signed her first professional contract - a two-year deal with the Sydney Thunder.
He also recalled reviving the cricketer within him, after years away from the sport, in order to help his children when they came into grade cricket at the family's beloved Bective East.
First there was Lachlan, an exciting fast bowler who is now attending university at Armidale, then Jessica and now Georgia - a 14-year-old quick who is a member of the under-16 NSW Country squad.
Lachlan and Jessica, a fast bowling allrounder, both steamed in to bowl at No 1 Oval when the latter made her first-grade debut in January 2018. She was 15 years old.
At the time, Bective East mainstay Adam Jones described the debut as "special" and "very rare", believing it to be the first top-grade debut by a female cricket in Tamworth since former Australian international Leonie Coleman achieved the feat.
Matt Davidson described Jessica signing with the Thunder for their upcoming Women's Big Bash League campaign as "an amazing opportunity" and "a long time coming".
He said she was a "very aggressive" batsman, but believed the Thunder chose her primarily for her bowling.
"She's worked pretty hard over the last five years or so," he said, adding he is "very excited" for her.
He continued: "She's always enjoyed cricket. I guess it started, pretty much, in the backyard here with big brother Lachlan.
"He had her out there from the age of three or four, either bowling or batting in the backyard, being very competitive - and then tagging along to his cricket training. It just developed from there."
Matt described the eldest of his three daughters as "very competitive" on the field, but "quiet and reserved" away from cricket.
Dealing with the intense spotlight associated with the WBBL was something she'll have to get used to", he said.
Being involved in Cricket NSW's elite-youth pathway program, he continued, had exposed her to state- and national-level competition including playing for NSW Country at the under-19 nationals.
He praised Bective East, "because they really promote their juniors".
"And they've given Jess a lot of opportunities," he said.