JORDAN Doecke’s pace bowling has caught the attention of Australian women’s coach and former tearaway Cathryn Fitzpatrick.
The only issue is Doecke, 17, is the No. 1 wicketkeeper for Kensington District Cricket Club and the state under-18s.
This summer Fitzpatrick, who was once the world’s fastest female bowler, attended a training session during which SA under-18 officials clocked Doecke’s bowling at 109 km/h.
State under-18 coach Greg Quinn says that speed is at least 10 km/h quicker than most females the same age can bowl and enthuses Fitzpatrick.
“It’s a real interesting one,” Quinn says.
“We’ve known that she’s been a capable bowler but she’s been a really good wicketkeeper. There’s an opportunity for her to bowl in this carnival and see where it takes her.”
Doecke, who made her Agrade debut on her 13th birthday, has been keeping for about four years.
She snared five wickets from 19 overs for Kensington during the 2012/13 season while in the team as a middle-order batsman.
The previous summer she took 10 scalps, including 5/14 against Sturt, from 25.3 overs.
She became the Browns’ first-choice keeper last season, taking the gloves from Eloise Sheridan.
“I didn’t realise I’m quite a scary bowler to face,” Doecke says.
“When they got the speed gun out I thought ‘maybe I am a bit quicker than thought I was’.”
At this stage Doecke, whose long-term goal is to play for the SA Scorpions, plans to remain behind the stumps.
“I’ve invested so much time into (wicketkeeper) training … and have improved a lot over the years and don’t really want to give it up. But if Greg Quinn was happy, I’d definitely put my hand up to bowl during the tournament.”
The championships start in Ballarat on January 14.