GEORGIA Wareham started her third season of the Women’s Big Bash League as a cricketer – she finished it as the Melbourne Renegades wicket wolf.
The south-west teenager burst into the new season with her first wicket of her WBBL career.
She claimed the wicket of Adelaide Strikers’ New Zealand international Sophie Devine, before dismissing fellow Kiwi Suzie Bates to help the Renegades record a nine-run win.
Wareham said the moment was ‘pretty surrel’, but her mind was firmly in the game.
“In the moment to be fair I was just happy to get the wicket in the situation of the game,” the 18-year old said.
“It was obviously a good feeling and after two season of having not much opportunity with the ball it was good to finally get one.”
Wareham would go on to finish the year with a total 26 games and career 10 wickets at a modest economy of 6.35 runs per over.
Her best game was the final game against grand finalists the Perth Scorchers, where she collected career best figures of 3-19.
The Melbourne-based rising star attributed her best figures to the hard work she has been doing with the Renegades coaches.
“I have been working on my pace and making sure very ball is competitive and not letting the batters off with balls that are less challenging,” she said.
“My role in the squad was more of a wicket taker rather than being trying to be a negating bowler, and it paid off.”
The Renegades have now caught on to calling Wareham’s childhood nickname of ‘wolf’, which was given to her by a close friend, who thought Wareham sounded similar to werewolf.
Renegades head coach Tim Coyle told the franchise’s website that they had uncovered someone special.
“Georgia Wareham was the find of the competition for us,” Coyle said.
“It is great to see a young player grab her opportunity and get some big wickets and she was bowled at times in really tough game situations and she responded well.
“She sets a fantastic standard in the field and is just a naturally good fielder and she could become one of the best fielders in the world with work – so there’s a lot to like about her future in this game, but probably beyond.”
Wareham’s captain Amy Satterthwaite was impressed with how she had performed throughout her third season with the ‘Gades.
“Absolutely, she was outstanding. We’ve got some young player who were phenomenal throughout the season and really stepped up when they needed to,” she told the franchise’s website.