Talented top order bat Chloe Piparo has been named captain of the Western Fury this season.

Entering her sixth season, Piparo, 23, replaces Elyse Villani who has returned to Victoria for the forthcoming WNCL campaign.

Piparo made her debut for the Fury as a 17-year-old and has been an integral part of the team ever since.

WA reached their first WNCL final in 18 years last season, and the new skipper said it’s an exciting time to be taking over the reigns as leader.

“I’m really proud and privileged to lead this team,” Piparo said.

“To be considered leadership material is a real honour and something I won’t be taking for granted.

“This team is heading in the right direction on and off the field, and to be able to drive that further is really exciting.”

Piparo will work closely with fellow top order batter and vice-captain Nicole Bolton, who’ll provide vital experience after representing Australia in all formats.

Head Coach Lisa Keightley said Piparo was the ideal candidate to lead the side into a new era of women’s cricket in WA.

“Chloe’s a very talented young player and has been around the group for a long time,” Keightley said.

“Her skills and leadership credentials have developed really well and has definitely been a leader in and around the group for a number of years.

“Chloe was an obvious choice for me, she lives and breathes our culture and values.

“Being able to bounce off someone like Nicole is great for Chloe, they work really well together and Nicole will be able to help develop her leadership skills on and off the field.

“I thought last year was a breakthrough year for Chloe with her performances with the bat and I have no doubt she’ll continue that form leading into this season’s WNCL.

“She has great pride playing for WA and is popular around the group, and to be able to hand the captaincy to an impressive young woman shows Women’s cricket is in a healthy position in this state.”

The Fury’s season gets underway against Victoria at Murdoch University on Friday 21 September.