The Series aims to better-prepare future WA cricketers for higher honours by providing an opportunity for the best club players to compete at a level in-between Premier Cricket and the Women’s National Cricket League.

With the teams split in to North and South zones based on Premier Club locations, the format will recognise and reward performances at club level and provide representative-style matches for emerging talent.

With WA Women’s Head Coach Becky Grundy and Assistant Coach Michael Dighton coaching the two sides, there is plenty of incentive for all players to put their best foot forward.

Jess Emery, the leading bowler in last year’s Premier Cricket T20 with 16 wickets at 6.44, said the competition is an opportunity for club players to showcase their skill in a tougher environment.

“There is quite a big jump between A Grade and the WA Women’s team, this new series gives club players a great opportunity to play with and against the state girls,” she said.

“To test yourself against professional cricketers under lights at the WACA is awesome, not many people get to do this.”

WA veteran Nicole Bolton believes the concept will prove beneficial for up and coming talent in the club system.

“This initiative will go long way to closing the skill gap between Premier Cricket and the WNCL,” she said.

“We want to make sure that we’re providing an environment where girls who are playing well are rewarded with selection and an opportunity to become better players.

“It’s great for the state-contracted players because it gives us an opportunity to become better leaders and help develop the emerging talent.”

A tightly fought contest in Game 1 saw the North narrowly defeat the South.

Batting first, North’s Megan Banting (63*) did the bulk of the damage but was ably supported by Alana King (23) and Bolton (20).

Georgie Wyllie and Zoe Britcliffe both took two wickets each for the South to restrict the first innings total to 150.

Amy Edgar (57) got the South’s chase off to a good start but two wickets to Bolton through the middle overs slowed the chase and ensured the North held on for a 12-run win.

With four matches to be played across the season, there is plenty of opportunity for the best performers from the A Grade Premier Competition to showcase their skills alongside and against the WA Women’s team in the coming months.