Bates signs to play with Sixers in WBBL
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The Central Coast will have two representatives in this year WBBL with Alisha Bates joining the Sydney Sixers for 2019 edition of the National Women's T20 competition.
Bates will join Umina's, Lauren Smith who has been a regular for both the Sixes and NSW in recent seasons.
It is a remarkable rise for the 17 year old, Lisarow Ourimbah player who has come up through the ranks of junior cricket on the Central Coast into seniors and along the way played in numerous representative teams.
The left arm spinner staked her claim for a contract with an impressive performance at a Sixers pre-season camp which was held at Coffs Harbour last month.
"It was quite nerve wracking but exciting at the same time mixing with elite players" said Bates on her experience in Coffs Harbour.
It will be an experience that Bates will need to get used to as her team mates will now include the likes of Australian Stars, Ellysse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner.
"I am not sure if I will get a game or not but I will be working hard at training and look to learn from the elite players" Bates added.
Bates selection is a shot in the arm for female cricket on the coast with the Central Coast Cricket Association running girls only competition for the first time this season.
Central Coast Cricket Conference Administrator, Garry Burkinshaw is excited on Bates' selection.
"It is a fantastic achievement by Alisha at such a young age to gain selection in the WBBL. She has worked really hard on her game and it is a just reward for not only herself but also her parents Darren and Katrina who have been very supportive" Burkinshaw said.
"Bates selection should give all other girls on the Central Coast belief and inspiration that the pathway to elite cricket is well within their grasp he added.
Bates will go into camp with the Sixers squad next week, where they will play a number of trial games against Sydney Thunder WBBL team before the WBBL competition commences on 18 October 2019 also against the Thunder at North Sydney Oval.
Bates will certainly need to be a master of time management as she juggles her cricket commitments with schooling as she is about to enter Year 12 at Lisarow High School.