Fury Pair Fly Out For Women's World Cup
10 June 2017  

Nicole Bolton & Elyse Villani // Getty Images


Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury pair Nicole Bolton and Elyse Villani will this weekend fly for England to play for Australia at the 2017 Women’s World Cup.

The WA duo are part of the 15-player Southern Stars’ squad for the 11th edition of the tournament which Australia has won six times.

The World Cup will be Perth-born Bolton’s first, while Villani was part of Australia’s squads four years ago when she play with Victoria, but didn’t feature during the tournament.

Both players have been regular features in Australia’s one-day international side for the past 24 months, with the pair dominating an away series against Sri Lanka last year.

Bolton will likely bat at the top of the order, while Villani’s role has changed to be a middle-order batter and part-time medium bowler.

The pair’s inclusion represents an increase for WA, with spinner Renee Chappell the state’s only representative at the 2013 World Cup.

Chappell was a late inclusion for the injured Jess Jonassen and played two games at the tournament.

Lauren Ebsary and Renee Farrell were WA’s two representatives at the 2009 tournament, although both were born inter-state.

WA had no representatives at the 2005 World Cup, but had three in 2000, with Zoe Goss, Cherie Bambury and Avril Fahey all included. Fahey starred with 13 wickets in 2000.