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12-year-old Kailin Vinning has her eyes set on joining the Perth Scorchers WBBL team - provided she’s not called up to national duty.

Guildford youngsters spins her way to State team

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.”

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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