Pulling on the Big V

Tom Hayes

 

BUNDALAGUAH cricketer Megen Wrigglesworth recently achieved her dream of playing for Victoria when she took part in the Australian Country Cricket Championships earlier this year.

Wrigglesworth had known about the Victorian state country team for a while, after being too young one season and not being selected last year, on top of the fact that her cousin, Jack Wrigglesworth, plays for the men’s side.

Playing for Victoria was a step up for the all-rounder, but she believes she felt comfortable at the advanced level.

“There’s always room for improvement, but I definitely didn’t feel out of my depth, which was a good thing,” Wrigglesworth said.

“I thought I was going to be majorly out of my depth, not knowing even what the standard of (Victorian) Premier Cricket was, and most of those girls play Premier Cricket.

“The girls were awesome, I couldn’t fault any of them. They were such a good group to get involved with.

“The first day was a bit weird getting to know everyone because they all sort of knew each other, but as soon as we got our rooms – the girls I roomed with were really good, and they made sure I was welcomed.”

Wrigglesworth didn’t go into the championships completely alone, as thankfully she knew a couple of players from previous encounters.

She was previously acquainted with team manager Kristen Webber, and had played alongside the likes of Jess Bohn and Amy Yates at various levels during her cricketing career.

Victoria Country finished third on the ladder ahead of the finals games at the championships, defeating New South Wales in the semi-final to advance to the Grand Final.

Unfortunately, the Vics run came to an abrupt end at the hands of Queensland, who claimed the title in an undefeated run.

Wrigglesworth featured in two games throughout the championships, held in Newcastle, taking her first wicket in the Round 8 win against Australian Capital Territory.

Now that she has had a taste for state-level cricket, Wrigglesworth said she was keen to put her hand up again.

“One hundred per cent I’ll definitely be trying to go again. I really, really enjoyed it and this standard, the girls – they’re switched on the whole time, she said.

Wrigglesworth, who captains a Bundalaguah men’s side in the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association, said it was refreshing to be able to focus solely on playing at the championships.

“It was good to be able to enjoy cricket and not have to worry about anything,” she mentioned.

“I went from being a captain to a player and thought, ‘This is actually really nice, I don’t have to worry about anything’.”

After basically being born into cricket, Wrigglesworth started playing from as early as she can remember.

“I was born during cricket season and we live next door to the cricket ground (at Bundalaguah), so pretty much I’ve been involved in cricket since I’ve been alive,” she said.

“I’ve probably been playing (since) Milo Cricket, and I think that starts when you’re about six, so I could imagine that I started as young as I possibly could.”

Throughout her career, Wrigglesworth always committed herself to getting better.

“Playing for Victoria was my next goal and I’ve achieved that now, and I haven’t really thought of what the next one is from here,” she said.

“I always knew it was there, but never thought I’d have a chance.

“It was a pretty special achievement really, considering I hadn’t gone to Melbourne to play Premier Cricket, I’ve just generally played country cricket.

“It was sort of an unreal experience, I didn’t think I was ever going to get there, and then when I found out I did, I was speechless, I was like ‘this is awesome’.”

Wrigglesworth is now seting her mind to the remainder of the SMCA season, as the Bundy Yaks enter the pointy end of the campaign.