Yr 12 Student Jessica Davidson to bowl over Sydney Thunder
Story courtesy of and as appeared on Cricket.com.au
The Sydney Thunder have added a bouncer-loving, violin-playing fast bowler to their ranks for the upcoming Weber WBBL season, signing teenage quick Jessica Davidson.
Davidson hails from Tamworth in northern NSW, regarded as Australia's home of country music, and she will be packing her stringed instrument for her maiden WBBL campaign.
The 18-year-old will complete her Higher School Certificate remotely while travelling with the Thunder, including her music exam online, and hopes her time at Tamworth's Conservatorium of Music will help her gain top marks.
"It's a good interest," she says. "While I do like classical music, I also enjoy playing contemporary pieces.
"I play in concerts, including an event called Showcase, where all the musicians get together and perform. It's really exciting, and I enjoy it."
Undoubtedly a talented musician, it's on the cricket field that Davidson has made the biggest impression.
Having once taken 1-5 off five overs in Tamworth's men's competition, the right-armer has been a part of the state's pathways program for the past four years and is a two-time recipient of NSW Cricket's Basil Sellers scholarship, whose alumni includes Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner.
Thunder assistant coach Mark McInnes first laid eyes on Davidson as a 14-year-old and was immediately taken by her pace and aggression.
"Jess was bowling quite fast even then," he said.
"A lot of us were impressed that she could generate what were decent bouncers at such a young age.
"Added to that, Jess proved she was a hard-hitting middle-order batter. Her talent was obvious, and it's clear she's worked hard on her game."
Head coach Trevor Griffin is confident the club can cover the loss of Ismail, the player-of-the-match in last season's grand final, with Wong and Davidson to support pace-bowling allrounder, Sammy Jo Johnson.
"Jess provides us with a young up-and-coming quick bowler," said Griffin.
"What stood out to me about Jess is she runs in and bowls with pace.
"I have no doubt she'll be challenging to get the new ball at some point."