Less than a month after she was named in the Sydney Thunder squad for the new Women's Big Bash League season, Tamworth's Jessica Davidson has been awarded a third Basil Sellers scholarship.
Renowned for her ability to deliver a lethal bouncer, Davidson captured the eye of talent scouts when as a 14-year-old she took 1-5 off five overs in the Tamworth senior men's competition.
Inspired by champion New Zealand all-rounder, Sophie Devine, 18-year-old Davidson was earlier this month named a part of the Sydney Thunder squad, six years after her representative debut for ACT NSW country.
Davidson is one of 12 players awarded a Basil Sellers scholarship in 2021-22, with all having progressed through the Cricket NSW pathway system, representing either NSW Metropolitan or ACT/NSW Country at various national championships.
She was named in the Thunder's 15-woman squad for their second and third Big Bash matches against the Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
This month Thunder coach Trevor Griffin said Davidson filled an important role in the Thunder line-up that's striving to defend the title it won last summer.
"Jess provides us with a young up-and-coming quick bowler," said Griffin. "What stood out to me about Jess is she runs in and bowls with pace.
"I'm excited to welcome her to Thunder Nation, and I look forward to spending time with her and seeing how her career progresses with Thunder."
Griffin added: "I have no doubt she'll be challenging to get the new ball at some point."
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