Members Statement – Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club
Mr CARROLL(Niddrie) — I rise to acknowledge an important pillar of my community, the Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club — the oldest continuing women’s cricket club in the world. It formed as the Essendon Ladies Cricket Club in 1905 and merged with the Maribyrnong Park Women’s Cricket Club in 1981. The Essendon Maribyrnong Park Ladies Cricket Club had a fantastic result this year, beating Box Hill in the Twenty20 final. I would specifically like to congratulate Molly Strano on being player of the match, having made 44 runs from 46 balls. The team’s coach is former Australian captain Karen Rolton, who holds the test batting world record of 209 not out with an average of 60.68.
The club has a proud history and has fielded eight Australian players, including captains Raelee Thompson and Margaret Jennings, as well as current Australian squad spin bowler Kristen Beams. The club has also produced numerous junior and senior Victorian players — too many to mention here today. Well done to all club members on a successful season and best wishes for the season to come.