Cricketers best in nation

TWO Bankstown Women’s Cricket Club First Grade players Dharmini Chauhan and Maddison Spence, and a former St Christophers Panania and Bankstown junior Sasha Croft, 14, have helped the NSW Women’s Indigenous Team to grand final glory in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships.

Held over six games in Alice Springs last week, the players are thrilled their hunger to win and beat Queensland in the final paid off after being defeated by the side in 2023.
Dharmini, 22, scored a total of 265 runs and took 11 wickets over six games against the other States and described the series as an awesome experience.
“My plan is to keep playing club cricket and see what comes along next,” she said.
“It was so exciting to win the championship.”
Maddison, 17, said the experience felt very surreal.
She said that she was a little surprised to get the win but was sure last year’s defeat propelled the side to try hard and seal the deal.
Only batting in two games, she scored 18 runs and took 7 wickets and hopes to keep progressing through the ranks.
“We visited schools while up there and it was great to meet and hopefully inspire all of the kids,” she said.
“There was one boy from Sydney who had moved to Alice Springs and he came to all of our games to support us which was really lovely.”
The youngest of the side, Sasha, 14, who is also an A-Grade netballer and AFL star, was also thrilled to come away with the win.
She didn’t get a chance to bat but was happy to take two wickets.
“I was nervous to start with but all the girls were very welcoming,” she said.
“There was a real sense of family and they were all so inspirational.
“I hope to keep improving and growing and definitely want to be back next year.”