Ashleigh Sims set a new benchmark for women’s grade cricket on Sunday when taking four wickets in Wests’ first grade women’s game against Sandgate-Redcliffe.
The haul broke the single season record for wickets taken in the Katherine Raymont Shield in regular season fixtures (ie: excluding finals). She went into the game on Sunday with 33 regular season wickets, two behind the previous record of 35, which was set by Cindy Kross in 1997/98 when playing for Easts/Redlands. Ash’s four wickets on Sunday took her clear of the record with 37 wickets at 12.54 and she still has two fixtures left to add to the record tally.
Ash is in good company. Former record holder Cindy Kross is a former Queensland Fire medium pacer and Queensland & Australian Indoor player, who was inducted into the Cricket Australia Indoor Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.
Ash’s effort has been a major factor in Wests women’s team already capturing the Katherine Raymont Shield T20 2020-21 premiership in December, and their strong placement for contention for the One-Day competition finals which will be played in a couple of weeks time.
Congratulations on your fantastic season, Ash!