ON FIRE: Alice Cartwright in action for Harlequins in Gympie reserve grade cricket.
ON FIRE: Alice Cartwright in action for Harlequins in Gympie reserve grade cricket. James Loose

Richards keen to see new star prospect in action

QUEENSLAND Fire coach Andy Richards can't wait to see teenager Alice Cartwright in action at Landsborough tonight after she claimed a rare double hat-trick for the Sunshine Coast last weekend.

The 17-year-old, who normally plays reserve grade in Gympie, claimed four wickets in four deliveries against Wests while playing just her second game for the Scorchers in the Brisbane women's second division.

The medium-fast bowler's feat clearly caught the attention of Richards and he asked her to play in the Fire intra-club Twenty20 match tonight.

"I heard about that and rang (her coach) Darryl Cheeseman up there and he is pretty excited about her prospects," Richards said.

"She bowls reasonably quick he tells me, so I'm about to find out I suppose.

"It's a really good opportunity for her and I hope she has a bit of fun."

Cartwright, who hails from a largely non-cricketing background, is 12th woman for both sides.

But Richards said: "she will definitely get a bowl because I want to have a look at her".

Another young Sunshine Coaster, Lily Mills, will play.

Mills was this week announced in the Queensland under-15 representative and already plays for the Sunshine Coast in Brisbane women's second division.

She is also a coach of an under-10 side at Tewantin-Noosa.

"It's really is nice to have young girls like that involved in the game," Richards said

"We're looking around for the talent that's out there and this is a great opportunity for them to see what that next level is like."

Fellow Sunshine Coaster and already established cricketer Courtney Hill will also play tonight.

The outing should provide the Fire with a chance to fine tune their skills ahead of its next batch of matches.

It has started its season by beating Western Australia in two WT20 matches and a Women's National Cricket League match.

Queensland will take on Tasmania in two WT20 matches on November 28 and November 30 and in a WNCL match on November 29.

"We're fairly excited about playing at Landsborough. We need a bit of practice under lights. We've got two interstate games shortly under lights and a few of our girls haven't done that so this is a good opportunity," Richards said.


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