Parkes High School students stand out for Western in CHS Cricket Championships

ALL SMILES: Marites Woods (left) and Maddy Spence (right) getting ready to bat for Western in the CHS State Championships at Bathurst last week. It was Woods' last tournament for Western. Photo: Kerry Spence.
ALL SMILES: Marites Woods (left) and Maddy Spence (right) getting ready to bat for Western in the CHS State Championships at Bathurst last week. It was Woods' last tournament for Western. Photo: Kerry Spence.

Parkes High School school captain Marites Woods and Year 9 student Maddy Spence starred for Western last week at the NSW CHS Girls Cricket Championships and it was the last tournament for Woods, who has been a Western stalwart for the entirety of her high school career.

Woods (pictured left) certainly went out with a bang, taking 4/21 in the first game while Spence (pictured right), who has played for Western since entering high school, was awarded with the Leading Pointscorer for the side after starring with both bat and ball.

For Woods, the opportunity to represent Western wasn't just about what happened on the field, but the memories off it.

"As this is my last Western carnival ever, I feel so proud and honoured to have represented my region one last time," said Woods.

"For the last seven years Western has given me opportunities to represent in many sports such as tennis, touch football, athletics, swimming and cricket.

"I've built lots of skills, friendships and unforgettable memories and I'm going to miss it - but I plan to continue my cricket career."

Western coach Rachel McCann was happy the side could get the win in their last game of the tournament - saying it was a great way for the team's graduating stars to round out their time with Western.

"Katie Letcher, our captain and wicket keeper, had her last year and we'll also miss the amazing fielding of Tes Woods, from Parkes," she said.

Despite the side only managing just two wins and an eighth placing this year, Woods was confident there are better days ahead for Western.

"Our teams over the years have included a variety of different ages from 13 - 17 years old and it has created an inclusive and fun environment which has helped lead our team to an excellent ranking (6th) in 2020.

"I know that Western are in for good success in the future."

Spence is certainly the face of that future, with the stocky right-hander the shining light for Western last week despite still having three years left to represent at CHS level.

Opening the batting and the bowling Spence, who also plies her trade for Penrith in Sydney Women's Grade Cricket, was particularly consistent with the ball, conceding just 2.75 runs an over while also nabbing seven wickets with her medium pace.

Spence has had a perfect mentor in Woods guiding the way, and from 2022 it will be time for Spence to lead from the front.

NSW CHS Girls Cricket performances

Marites Woods: 12 overs, six wickets @ 13, SR: 12, BB: 4/21, two catches.

Maddy Spence: Six innings, 102 runs @ 20.4, HS: 40; 24 overs, seven wickets @ 9.4, SR: 20.6, BB: 3/19.