INJURED Nestles cricketer Gabby Lenehan is wishing for a positive prognosis when she visits a doctor this week.
The medium pace bowler, 19, fractured her ankle six weeks ago when she was hit with a ball during a training session in Geelong.
Lenehan was in a moon boot at a Warrnambool and District Cricket Association women's come-and-try day at Action Sportz on Sunday, eager to show her support to those jumping into the sport.
Russells Creek's Andrew Thomson, Brierly Christ-Church's Jason Mungean and association chairman Gordon McLeod helped run the session which focused on the fundamentals of cricket and attracted more than 20 women.
The association's first senior female competition will start on Sunday.
Lenehan, who competes on Saturdays in Geelong, will combine the two competitions when she gets the all-clear to play.
"I get my follow-up X-rays done tomorrow and then I see the doctor on Thursday," she said.
"I am going to miss the first round on the weekend, just to be safe.
"I was looking good and then a week or two ago I got some pain through it but I still have my fingers crossed."
Lenehan, who is living in Warrnambool after finishing a dual diploma business management and sports development in Geelong, said the injury was a setback.
"I got a cricket ball to the ankle and got a fracture," she said.
"I didn't think it would be anything too bad because we were only doing throwdowns because the nets up in Geelong were wet.
"It was the very last ball of our rotation and my partner just smashed it and I was too slow to get out of the way. I fell to the ground straight away.
"It's only a little fracture so it's not displaced from the bone or anything."
The Warrnambool and District inaugural women's season will give players from the association's under 17 and under 14 competitions an option to strive for.
"It is good for the WDCA to start up that extra pathway for them to lead on to because I know when I finished under 17s here I had nowhere to go and that's why I ended up in Geelong, and being there for school," she said.
"Having a pathway down here will be good because it will get more people involved and give them that extra step to continue on with cricket."
Lenehan, who is working at a Warrnambool petrol station, said she wanted to play in her home-town competition "mainly to help with participation and make sure everyone has fun".
The teenager will be an eager supporter on Sunday at Nestles' first senior women's appearance.
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