Star teenage cricket player Chantelle Downey is set for big things.
The Bomaderry Cricket Club player made her first grade debut for the Penrith Cats in the Sydney Women’s competition on Sunday.
Chantelle, prior to the start of play, was presented with her first grade cap by the Penrith captain.
The first game of the season was against the Sydney Tigers and Chantelle was given the choice of which end to opening the bowling on.
She made the right choice and took the first two wickets of the innings by dismissing the Tigers’ opening batsmen - a great achievement for the 15-year-old Nowra High student.
Penrith lost the match and Chantelle took two of her team’s three wickets.
Chantelle will head up to Sydney each week to play for Penrith and should get heaps of wickets.
Chantelle is also a member of the Illawarra Cricket Academy and recently competed at the NSW under 18s Country Championships held at Raymond Terrace.
Illawarra won its first three games but in the final lost on the final ball against North Coast.
Chantelle will continue to play in the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association competition as captain of the Bomaderry under 16s team.
Bomaderry won the premiership last season and Chantelle hopes to lead them to another title.