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Victoria women's cricket team

CaptainMeg Lanning
CoachJarrad Loughman
Team information
Colours  Navy blue
FoundedFirst recorded match: 1891
Home groundJunction Oval, Melbourne
Secondary home ground(s)Shepley Oval, Melbourne
First-class debutNew South Wales
in 1934
at University Oval, Sydney
AWCC wins36
WNCL wins2
WT20C wins3
Official websiteVictorian Cricket Team

The Victoria women's cricket team, previously known as Victorian Spirit, is the women's representative cricket team for the Australian State of Victoria. They play their home games at Junction Oval, St Kilda, Melbourne. They compete in the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL), the premier 50-over women's cricket tournament in Australia. They previously played in the now-defunct Australian Women's Twenty20 Cup and Australian Women's Cricket Championships, a competition which they dominated, having won 36 titles.


1891–1930: Early history

Victoria's first recorded match was against New South Wales on 17 March 1891, however, the result is unknown.[1] Their first match with a known result was against New South Wales Second XI, with Victoria winning a one-day, two innings match by 6 wickets on 19 April 1930.[2]

1931–1996: Australian Women's Cricket Championships

Victoria played alongside New South Wales and Queensland in the inaugural season of the Australian Women's Cricket Championships in 1930–31.[3] They continued to play in the Championships until its final season in 1995–96.[4][5] They won the title 36 times, making them the most successful team.[6]

1996–present: Women's National Cricket League and Twenty20 Cup

Victoria joined the newly-established WNCL in 1996–97.[7] They have won the title twice, in 2002–03 and 2004–05. They are the most successful side in the Australian Women's Twenty20 Cup, having won the title three times, with consecutive wins coming in 2009–10, 2010–11 and 2011–12[8]


Victoria have used a number of grounds over the years. Their first recorded home match against Tasmania in 1906 was played at Victoria Park, Melbourne. Historically they have played the vast majority of their home matches at various grounds in Melbourne. Their first match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was against England in 1934. Since 2002 they have also played occasional matches in Geelong.[9][10][11][12][1]

Since 2013, Victoria have played most of their home games at Junction Oval, located in the suburb of St Kilda in Melbourne, as well as occasionally at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Casey Fields. Their two 2019–20 WNCL home games were played at Junction Oval. Their four 2020–21 WNCL league matches, as well as the final, were also played at Junction Oval. In 2021–22, they played six matches at Junction Oval, as well as playing their first ever match at Shepley Oval in Melbourne. In 2022–23, the side returned to just using Junction Oval.[11][12]


Current squad

Based on squad announced for the 2023/24 season. Players in bold have international caps.[13]

No. Name Nat. Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
7 Meg Lanning Australia (1992-03-25) 25 March 1992 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm medium Captain, Cricket Australia contract, Australia Captain
27 Olivia Henry Australia (2004-01-27) 27 January 2004 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm off break
3 Annabel Sutherland Australia (2001-10-12) 12 October 2001 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Cricket Australia contract
6 Sophie Day Australia (1998-09-02) 2 September 1998 (age 25) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
11 Kim Garth Australia[a] (1996-04-25) 25 April 1996 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium
14 Rhiann O'Donnell Australia (1998-04-14) 14 April 1998 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium
20 Ellyse Perry Australia (1990-11-03) 3 November 1990 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Cricket Australia contract
23 Sophie Molineux Australia (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 26) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Cricket Australia contract
25 Tess Flintoff Australia (2003-03-31) 31 March 2003 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm medium
32 Georgia Wareham Australia (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm leg break Cricket Australia contract
Poppy Gardner Australia (2005-01-05) 5 January 2005 (age 19) Right-handed Left-arm medium
4 Nicole Faltum Australia (2000-01-17) 17 January 2000 (age 24) Right-handed
22 Sophie Reid Australia Unknown Left-handed
8 Rhys McKenna Australia Unknown Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
16 Georgia Prestwidge Australia (1997-12-17) 17 December 1997 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
17 Tayla Vlaeminck Australia (1998-10-27) 27 October 1998 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast Cricket Australia contract
18 Ella Hayward Australia (2003-09-08) 8 September 2003 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm off break
19 Aanliya Cheeran Australia (2005-04-01) 1 April 2005 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm off break
21 Milly Illingworth Australia (2005-07-15) 15 July 2005 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm medium
28 Jasmine Nevins Australia (2003-10-07) 7 October 2003 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm medium
34 Samantha Bates Australia (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 31) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox

Notable players

Players who have played for Victoria and played internationally are listed below, in order of first international appearance (given in brackets):[14]

Coaching staff


See also


  1. ^ Garth has also played international cricket for Ireland.
  2. ^ Garth has represented both Ireland and Australia in international cricket.


  1. ^ a b "Women's Miscellaneous Matches played by Victoria Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  2. ^ "New South Wales Women Second XI v Victoria Women". CricketArchive. 19 April 1930. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Australian Women's Cricket Championships 1930/31". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Women's First-Class Events played by Victoria Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Women's List A Events played by Victoria Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Women's Cricket in Australia - All 'n Sundry Stats..." Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Women's National Cricket League 1996/97". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Victorian Cricket Team". Cricket Victoria. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Victoria Women v England Women". CricketArchive. 7 December 1934. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Women's First-Class Matches played by Victoria Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Women's List A Matches played by Victoria Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Women's Twenty20 Matches played by Victoria Women". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Victoria confirm women's contract list". Cricket Victoria. 9 May 2023. Retrieved 17 September 2023.
  14. ^ "Victoria Women Players". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Cricket Victoria appoint Jarrad Loughman as Women's Coach". Cricket Victoria. 26 May 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Controlling the controllable key for Cup hopeful". 7 January 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  17. ^ "Sharelle McMahon appointed Head of Female Cricket". Cricket Victoria. 18 August 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
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