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Annabel Sutherland’s stunning debut

12 January 2018

Sixteen-year-old Annabel Sutherland had a stunning debut on Tuesday against the Adelaide Strikers in her first game for the Melbourne Stars.

Despite playing four games for the Melbourne Renegades last season, Sutherland had been yet to bowl in the Women’s Big Bash League until her debut in the green at Adelaide Oval.

The game was well and truly in the balance until the end of the eleventh over in the second innings, when skipper Kristen Beams brought Sutherland in to attack.

Sutherland showed she well and truly meant business, as her first ball claimed Australian International McGrath (caught) as her first victim, before continuing to take three more wickets to finish her four overs with an incredible total of 4-20.

Having spent the season within in the 13-player squad, Sutherland said she was “very excited” that she got the call to play.

When asked about her bowling, she described it as “an amazing feeling” and a “rollercoaster of emotions” with plenty of nerves that eventually settled.

Despite such a superb performance from the youngster, it wasn’t enough to get the Stars over the line as a four from the last ball gave the Adelaide Strikers a one-wicket win.

“We didn’t finish as well as we would have liked but I guess that’s cricket,” she said.

In regards to the Star’s remaining matches of WBBL|03, Sutherland revealed that the Stars are eager to make an impact in the last few games of the season.

“The feel around the group is really good and positive, and we have to back ourselves and play every game like it’s the final.”

Melbourne Stars teammate Erin Osborne is in awe of the young talent.

“She’s definitely going to be a player to watch out for in the future,” she said.

“At her age I don’t think I’ve seen anyone better, doing what she’s doing at the moment, she’s just so talented.”