Teenagers Josie Dooley and Lilly Mills will have a better than average excuse for missing two days of school next week following their selection today in the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire squad to play against the Australian Women’s team in Brisbane.

 

Dooley, 17, and Mills, 16, would make their Queensland Fire debuts if they take the field in the two one-day tour games at Allan Border Field on Monday and Wednesday.

 

The matches will be Australia’s final warm-up to the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series which gets underway next Sunday with a One Day International against England at Allan Border Field.

 

Sunshine Coast product Mills played her junior cricket with the Tewantin-Noosa club and is now playing for Sandgate-Redcliffe in the Katherine Raymont Shield in the myFootDr Premier Cricket competition.

 

A right-arm pace bowler, she played for the Cricket Australia XI in the National Under-18 championships last season.

 

Wicket-keeper Dooley, in her final year at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, was the player of the series in the recent Rookie Challenge held in Brisbane.

 

The Wests ‘keeper has previously been 12th player for the Fire and the WBBL Brisbane Heat without playing a game.

 

The duo were selected earlier this month in the Queensland Under-18 squad to play in the National titles in Canberra next month.

 

Pace bowler Georgia Prestwidge also comes into the Fire squad for the first time this season.

 

The opening Women’s Ashes match at Allan Border Field was originally sell-out but additional seating has been secured and a limited number of tickets are currently on sale at:

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/events/WOMENS2217/venues/ABF/performances/ECWA2017910/tickets

 

England arrived in Brisbane this week and will play a CA XI in two tour games at Marist College Ashgrove as well next week.

 

Women’s Ashes Tour Game

Konica Minolta Queensland Fire v Australia,

Allan Border Field, Mon & Wed. 9.15am start

 

Kirby Short (c)

Laura Harris

Tess Cooper

Delissa Kimmince

Jemma Barsby

Sammy-Jo Johnson

Josie Dooley

Haidee Birkett

Courtney Hill

Holly Ferling

Georgia Prestwidge

Lilly Mills