Holly Ferling is one of the rising stars of international women’s cricket, having exceeded expectations in her short career to date.
Ferling first caught the eye of the cricket fraternity when, as a 14-year-old, she took a hat-trick with her first three balls in a men’s A-Grade cricket match in Kingaroy, Queensland. On the back of this, and other standout performances at club level, Ferling was added to Queensland Fire’s rookie list at the age of 14.
Following an impressive performance at the Under-18 National Championships in 2011-12, Ferling became the first female player to win the Ken Mackay Trophy for the Queensland Junior Cricketer of the Year. Her efforts also saw her called into the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars for their tour of New Zealand in early 2012.
In her debut domestic season she earned a place in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) 50-over Team of the Year and her performances did not go unnoticed by the national selectors, who rewarded her with a place in the squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in 2013.
In India at the age of 17, Ferling announced herself on the international stage, taking 2-10 from three overs in Australia’s opening match of the tournament. She went on to take nine wickets during the World Cup and was named 12th man in the Team of the Tournament.
You can follow Holly on Twitter @Holly_Ferling