LIKE many young players, Kailin Vinning’s cricket career started in the backyard of her Guildford home, but not as the star batter or bowler.
Rather, she was the eight-year-old substitute fielder to her older brother, called up to fill in because there was nobody else.
Four years later, the 12-year-old St Brigid’s College student has now surpassed her brother, having just returned from Barooga in New South Wales where the off-spinner was an integral part of the 12-and-under School Sport State cricket team.
Vinning said her cricket pathway out of the backyard started with Swan Athletic.
“I originally played with the boys then decided to move to an all-girls league,” she said.
“I tried out for the WA development squad and from there they picked 25 girls, then narrowed that down to a team of 13 for the State Championships and I made the cut.
“I was thrilled to make the State Team.”
Playing five games over seven days the girls made history, becoming the first 12-and-under girls team to win a game at the State Championships.
By the end of the week they had won two games and lost two more by narrow margins to finish fifth.
Vinning said she was relatively happy with her performance, taking a couple of wickets and making a couple of runs, and she can now see a pathway to having a career in cricket thanks to the emergence of the Women’s Big Bash League
Her genesis as a spinner came as a direct result of playing her early cricket against the boys.
“When I started playing against the boys, as a batter I was quite often scared by the faster bowlers and the bigger kids.
“I preferred to bowl to those batters and I just kept going with it.
“I wanted to be the next Mitchell Johnson in Under 10s but that didn’t quite work out.
“Now I’m modelling myself on Elyse Villani and Ashton Agar, and a bit of Nathan “Garry” Lion.
“I think the WBBL has shown you only need a couple of people to lead the way and make it easier for the next generation to really come out.
“I’d love to play for the Scorchers, if I’m not playing for Australia at the time.”