Dedicated to supporting the growth of cricket across Australia, Chamberlain was a proud sponsor of the Sydney Thunder’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) team in 2021 for a second year running.
Chamberlain is incredibly impressed with the Thunder’s ’21 season where the team overcame a challenging year to put on a real show!
After a season full of highlights, we sat down with spin bowler Sam Bates and fast bowler Sammy-Jo to discuss their personal cricket journeys, the feat of becoming a professional cricket player, as well as their top safety tips for those backyard cricket shenanigans.
What is your earliest cricket memory?
Sam: Playing backyard cricket in Forster with my whole family on Christmas Day. I even remember mowing the pitch to play on!
Sammy-Jo: I remember sitting in front of the TV every summer and watching the Aussie men play. Although I didn’t know much about the game, I absolutely loved it. I never would have imagined playing on the same pitch as them one day!
Did you grow up playing backyard cricket?
Sam: Absolutely. My brother and I would take turns on choosing which sport to play after school. His would always be NRL, but my number one pick was cricket.
Sammy-Jo: Of course! I was probably around three or four years old with a plastic cricket set, playing in our backyard or at Nan and Pop’s place.