Stars show the way

LOCAL female cricketers were treated to a clinic by the Melbourne Stars on Monday, when the Women’s Big Bash League club came to Sale to teach eager youngsters a thing or two about the game.

Stars wicketkeeper, Gippslander Nicole Faltum made the trip down, along with Stars coach David Hemp.

The duo took participants through a range of drills, before holding a question and answer session at the conclusion.

With girls cricket in the Sale-Maffra area thriving, the clinic offered another opportunity for players to see what pathways might be available for them in years to come.

Hemp, who played internationally for Bermuda, including at the 2007 world cup, as well as English counties Glamorgan and Warwickshire, said the Stars always enjoyed their visits to Gippsland.

“What we are trying to do is inspire young players who want to get into the game professionally,” he said.

“The female game from where it’s going, in terms of its evolution, means that it’s important to get out to rural locations so the young players can have a look at and meet their heroes.”

The Melbourne Stars men have become a fixture of Gippsland in recent years, having played matches for premiership points in the past two Big Bash League seasons.