Johnston, 18, has come into the squad as a replacement for Laura Kimmince who injured her foot at training this week.

A right-hand bat and leg-spin bowler, Johnston has scored nearly 800 runs at 39.9 in all formats so far for the Hornets to be the fourth-leading runs-scorer in the Katherine Raymont Shield.

The Hornets captain, she hails from Dalby originally and played her junior cricket in Toowoomba.

She played alongside current Fire players Charli Knott, Georgia Voll and Lilly Mills in the Queensland Under-18 squad and is in her first season as a Queensland contracted player.
Her cousin Ruth Johnston also plays for the Hornets where she has scored 785 runs so far this season in all formats.

If chosen in the starting XI, Johnston and Sandgate-Redcliffe off-spinner Mills would make their WNCL debuts.

Both Queensland and South Australia will wear black armbands tomorrow to acknowledge the recent passing of the father of Queensland and Australian player Jess Jonassen.

The Fire are celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of Australian sports’ longest sponsorships with Konica Minolta entering a quarter-century of support for women’s cricket in the State.
Queensland Fire v SA Scorpions
Tomorrow, 10am, Allan Border Field
Admission free
Match live-streamed via

Jess Jonassen (c)
Meagan Dixon
Holly Ferling
Grace Harris
Mikayla Hinkley
Ellie Johnston
Charli Knott
Lilly Mills
Beth Mooney
Georgia Prestwidge
Georgia Redmayne
Courtney Sippel
Georgia Voll