Record-breaker from Kapunda Darcie Brown on top of the cricketing world
Darcie Brown became the poster girl for all aspiring female cricketers across Australia on Tuesday when the 18-year old made history by becoming the youngest Australian to take four wickets in an ODI in Mackay, as the Aussies comfortably dismissed India by nine-wickets in the series opener.
The young star, who hails from Kapunda on the Light River in South Australia, made her international debut back in March of this year and also represents the Adelaide Strikers and the South Australian Scorpions.
Brown is a multitalented bolter who burst onto the Australian sports scene, having first moved to Adelaide in 2019 when she accepted a netball scholarship to attend Adelaide’s Henley High - an institution renowned for identifying prodigious young athletes.
Speaking on Flow FM’s Friday Night Sports Show, the humble pace bowler described how frantic life had been since earning her maiden cap for the Australia women’s cricket team:
“It’s gone pretty quick from there [international debut], it was pretty nerve-wracking, it was mostly just a blur, the whole day really, we lost that game unfortunately but it’s probably the most nervous I’ve ever been.”
Brown also had the daunting task of replacing established Adelaide Strikers star Megan Schutt, who also made history as the first cricketer to take a hat-trick for Australia in a Women’s Twenty20 International match, but says she was ultimately unfazed by the enormity of the task.
“All the girls and the coaching staff all believed in me and they basically said ‘just have some fun and bowl fast and bowl a bumper here and there’...so yeah.”
The talented South Australian hails from a sporty family, where her two brothers and father all represented Kapunda at A grade level and Brown acknowledged how much her development was boosted growing up playing with her brothers.
“My family... you know, they’re sports crazy too so I guess that was handy.”
Brown’s duties with the Australia women’s cricket team resume on Friday when Australia locks horns with India in the second ODI match of the three-part series back at Harrup Park in Mackay.