Jonassen takes positive steps

CRICKET: Rockhampton’s Jessica Jonassen has made the crucial steps in her cricket career that will one day lead her down the right pitch.

The 17-year-old left-arm spinner is representing the Queensland Fire team in the Cricket Australia Cup along with Rockhampton’s Courtney Hill who is the vice captain.

The two players have stepped up the plate this year and Queensland Fire coach Joanne Broadbent said the two local girls had shown promise.

“Jessica is outstanding for her age and is a very approachable player,” Broadbent said.

“She is a very good bowler, adequate with her batting and a pretty good fielder. She is certainly someone who can go on and play at a national level; it isn’t a matter of if, it’s a just a matter of time.”

The Queensland Fire team have lost three out of fours games, but Broadbent said when they played South Australia next, she expected Queensland to do well.

“This is Courtney’s first time. She is an outstanding fielder and has very good movement and attacking in the field,” she said.

“Hill is someone who needs to establish herself at this level and then will see where she goes form there.

“Jessica has already established herself at this level and can only move up.”

Jonassen has also been selected to play in the under-21 Shooting Stars team who play New Zealand late December at Blacktown Olympic Park, Sydney.

Jonassen played in the Shooting Stars team last season.

The Cricket Australia Cup will wrap up in January 2010.



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