Macarthur cricketer joins Sydney Thunder WBBL team

Hannah Darlington. Picture: Sydney Thunder
Hannah Darlington. Picture: Sydney Thunder

Most year 12 students are worried about passing their HSC but Hannah Darlington is ready to take on her exams and her budding cricket career.

The Camden Campbelltown Ghosts player has re-signed with the Sydney Thunder.

Darlington, a promising all-rounder, has signed on for the upcoming Rebel Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) season.

An impressive 12 months has seen the talented teen lead Thunder's Indigenous XI in Tasmania and captain NSW Metro to victory in the Under 18 Female National Championships One-Day Final.

She was awarded Player of the Final after scoring a half century and taking 1/24.

Darlington was also the first graduate of the Thunder WBBL Academy.

"I've enjoyed it so much," she said.

"Having that experience at such a young age to play in a high level environment has been really amazing.

"I've always looked up to Alex Blackwell, I said that in my first Thunder interview and it still carries through, and Rachael Haynes being the vice-captain of Australia, you can't get that experience anywhere else.

"They play such a big role in the leadership of our team and they're always providing advice when needed so I'm just soaking up as much as I can from them."

The 17-year-old is hoping for a chance to make her Big Bash debut this season.

"As soon as I got the call that I was going to be re-signed, that was the first thing that came to mind, that this year's the year I want to walk out there," Darlington said.

"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to debut, but if not, I think just being around the squad is invaluable."

Darlington visited Barnardos Australia's Auburn Centre to play cricket activities with children who are experiencing disadvantage.

Sydney Thunder has confirmed its partnership with Barnados in the lead up to the new season.

"The kids there are amazing. What they go through is something that no one ever should, but the facilities here are amazing," Darlington said.

"These kids are so full of life and to bring cricket to them and let them experience it, I think they really enjoyed it and so did I.

"They definitely put a smile on my face."

Sydney Thunder will work alongside Barnardos Australia throughout WBBL|05 to support their Gifts for Kids Christmas appeal.

Fans will be encouraged to bring toys to each WBBL home match to help provide gifts for children in need across the Thunder Nation.

Funds raised from the HomeWorld 50-50 Charity Raffle will also be directed towards ensuring that those in need can share in the festive season.

Sydney Thunder is set to open the first ever standalone WBBL season with a televised blockbuster match against the Sydney Sixers under lights at North Sydney Oval on Friday, October 18.

Tickets are now on sale at sydneythunder.com.au/tickets, with free entry for kids and $10 for adults.

The club has also launched an Inaugural WBBL Membership to celebrate the first ever standalone season.

For more information, please visit sydneythunder.com.au/membership.