Esperance star bowler joins WA country cricket team

Going for glory: Esperance sporting all-rounder Shyanne Thomas will play against some of the nation's top female cricketers in January 2020 as a bowler for the WA Country 11s team. Photo: Sarah Makse.
Going for glory: Esperance sporting all-rounder Shyanne Thomas will play against some of the nation's top female cricketers in January 2020 as a bowler for the WA Country 11s team. Photo: Sarah Makse.

A dedicated local sport star has been selected to compete alongside WA's best female cricketers in the state country team.

Bowler Shyanne Thomas will travel to Queensland in January to compete for the WA Country 11s side at the 2020 Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships.

The achievement marks a triumphant return to the sport for Thomas, who took a break from cricket after playing for the state's under 15s and 18s training squads.

Last year she decided to jump back in, becoming the only female player in the Esperance senior cricket competition.

Thomas said being selected for the state team was a "spin-out" as she never thought she'd play representative cricket again.

"It feels good to know that I can still match it at that level," she said.

"I just want to give it a go, enjoy it, have fun and push myself to be the best I can be, because that is what sport is all about. I'm not giving myself a limit."

Thomas is a decorated athlete and has been a constant member of the Esperance sporting community, with commitments filling most afternoons.

Thomas has played in a long-list of teams and held leadership positions in multiple clubs.

Her achievements include captaining Esperance's first premiership winning female football team, and taking on the roles of president of the softball association, basketball coach and junior cricket committee member.

Humble beginnings: Shyanne Thomas (far right) started her cricket career playing for the 2010 Nulsen Primary School Cricket side. Photo: Gail Anderson.

Humble beginnings: Shyanne Thomas (far right) started her cricket career playing for the 2010 Nulsen Primary School Cricket side. Photo: Gail Anderson.

Thomas said she loved Esperance's rich sporting culture and enjoyed the opportunity to try many different sports.

"It's really fun to play cricket, from bowling, batting to keeping," she said.

"In Esperance you are not limited, in a country town you can get a go at everything."

Thomas said she looked forward to learning from other players who had competed in women's cricket competitions across WA.

"I have been out of the system for a while now so the best part about the competition is meeting new players and seeing how far cricket has come since I stopped playing," she said.

"It is going to be special for me being the first year back and seeing how far it has come."

Thomas thanked her primary school teacher and Esperance sporting stalwart Gail Anderson for nurturing her passion for cricket.

"She has been an absolute legend and she has taught me all the basics," she said.

"She was the one who pushed the WACA to watch the girls down here, helped me get into camps in Perth where I was spotted, she would do extra training and she pushed the boys to make sure they gave me a go.

"She supported me through everything and that is the reason why I am still playing cricket."