Hannah Darlington shines in ODI debut

The Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts have long known Hannah Darlington was a gun, but now the rest of Australia does too.

The Ghosts' first grade captain made her One Day International debut against India in Mackay yesterday (Tuesday, September 21) and took two wickets in the process.

The bowling all-rounder, who officially became the 145th woman to pull on the green and gold in the ODI arena, helped the Aussies to a nine-wicket win in the first game of the Australia-India series.

Ghosts secretary Jason Ellsmore said he was thrilled to see the 19-year-old make her national debut, after already shining in the NSW and Sydney Thunder colours.

"Hannah has joined Lauren Cheatle as one of our still-active internationals, and of course we've got Tanveer Sangha close to getting a game," Ellsmore said.

"The phenomenal thing about Hannah is that she's still so young. She's only two years out of high school. I can remember Hannah when she was 11 or 12 years old, and she hasn't missed a state or international team since then.

"She's a proud Indigenous lady and the Sydney Thunder poster girl - she's certainly got plenty of cricket."

Ellsmore said Darlington was a "wonderful girl" who was thoroughly deserving of the Australian call-up.

"She's mentally tough, a hard worker, hard trainer, and disciplined in all regards," he said.

"Coaches have always found her lovely to work with.

"She'll be very handy for the Australian selectors - she's excellent with all three skills of the game: batting, bowling and very good in the field."

Darlington's first scalp against India came in the 40th over in the form of middle-order bat Pooja Vastrakar, sending her back to the sheds on 17.

Pooja edged Darlington's delivery to mid-wicket, where it was caught by Sophie Molineux.

With India's sixth wicket in the bag, Darlington struck again in her next over, bowling allrounder Sneh Rana with a beautiful delivery.

Sneh left the field with just two runs from 11 balls, and her team on 7-178. The Indians set the Aussies a total of 225 runs for the win.

Darlington finished her debut innings with figures of 2-29 off eight overs, for an economy of 3.62.

Molineux also claimed two wickets, while youngster Darcie Brown - in only her second ODI cap - took 4-33.

Darlington didn't even need to show her skill with the bat in the second innings, as the Aussie top order was too good for the Indian attack.

The Australians easily chased down their opponents' total, losing only the wicket of Alyssa Healy (77) along the way.

Opener Rachael Haynes finished on 93 not out, while captain Meg Lanning smashed out a score of 53 not out.

The next ODI of the series will be held again at Mackay on Friday, from 3.10pm.