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The Rise of the Wolf

14 February 2018

18-year-old Georgia Wareham took some massive steps forwards in her development for the Melbourne Renegades in WBBL|03.

The young leg-spinner claimed 10 wickets for the season, including dismissing some of the biggest names in international cricket.

In her first match of the season, Wareham dismissed both New Zealand internationals Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates in the Renegades’ nine-run win against the Adelaide Strikers.

Being thrown the ball at 2-75 in the 10th over, Wareham said she was nervous at the time

“I was pretty nervy, when Rhiann (O’Donnell) gave me the drink on the boundary beforehand I was a bit nervous, I had sweaty hands and had to dry them up early,” she said.

“She (Satterthwaite) said just give it a good rip and I’m backing you here and that’s about it.”

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The country kid nicknamed ‘Wolf’ was often throw the ball at big moments which impressed Renegades coach Tim Coyle.

“Georgia Wareham was the find of the competition for us,” Coyle said with gusto.

“It is great to see a young player grab her opportunity and get some big wickets and she was bowled at times in really tough game situations and she responded well.

“She sets a fantastic standard in the field and is just a naturally good fielder and she could become one of the best fielders in the world with work – so there’s a lot to like about her future in this game, but probably beyond.”

Wareham came into the season having only bowled two overs over the last two seasons and was yet to take a wicket coming into WBBL|03.

“My highlight (of the season) was playing against the Strikers and getting my first WBBL wicket.” Wareham said.

Speaking after the Renegades loss in their final game of the season, Wareham was grateful of the extra opportunity this season, having claimed career-high figures of 3-19 in the final game.

“I’ve had a lot more opportunity this year and I think I’ve taken the opportunity this season and I’m just trying to do my best and help the team as much as I can,” Wareham said.

“It was good to get a few wickets, but in the end it wasn’t good to get the loss and miss out on finals, but it was a really good season and hopefully we get there next season.”

Captain Amy Satterthwaite was impressed with the ‘Wolfs’ performance throughout WBBL|03.

“Absolutely, she was outstanding. We’ve got some young player who were phenomenal throughout the season and really stepped up when they needed to.”