By Trent Westaway
LEONGATHA’S Chelsea Moscript was part of Victoria Country’s team that took out the Australian Country Cricket Championships held at Shepparton recently.
It’s another feat on her seemingly endless list of achievements, playing an important role in her team’s success.
Chelsea came out of the gates extremely hot, making herself a batsmen’s worst nightmare, with figures of 2/11, 1/15 and 3/14 to defeat Queensland Country, the Northern Territory and South Australia Country in the first three games of the event.
Despite a quiet game four, the strong Victoria Country squad managed to claw their way back into the match and use every bit of the allocated 20 overs to snag a four-run victory over East Asia Pacific.
In the fifth game of the tournament, she displayed her batting prowess, scoring 23 runs not out and taking 1/20 off her four overs, helping her team to a 120-run total that was far too much for New South Wales Country to overcome, resulting in yet another Victory for Vic Country.
Game number six was a statement match, as Chelsea finished with the spectacular figures of 3/10 off her four overs, allowing the team to hold Western Australia Country to a mere 64 runs, which Vic Country managed to reach in just 15 overs.
Having not lost a game so far, Chelsea and her Victoria Country teammates had qualified for the semi-final and were to face New South Wales Country.
Chelsea took 2/9 in her four overs and helped Victoria Country qualify for the final with a two-run win.
While one would think a game of such importance would evoke some form of nervousness, this was far from the case for Chelsea, thriving when the lights were brightest, taking three wickets against Queensland Country and giving up just six runs in four overs, as well as putting up a handy seven runs not out to propel Victoria Country to a triumphant victory, successfully concluding their undefeated run to become the 2019 Australian Country Cricket Champions.
It appears Chelsea has developed a taste for success, already possessing an impressive resume when it comes to past accomplishments, having captained both the under 14s and under 16s Gippsland state championship teams, winning both campaigns while also managing to win the under 18s state championships when bottom age.
In addition to this, Chelsea co-captained Victoria’s Under 18s team and actively helps with coaching Gippsland’s junior squads and Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL’s all-girls team.
In addition to representing Victoria Country at the recent Australian Country Cricket Championships, Chelsea also plays for the Dandenong Cricket Club and Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL Cricket Club where she took five wickets for the Cougars against Leongatha Town in B Grade just before Christmas.
“Cricket has been a huge part of my life,” Chelsea said.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to travel many parts of the world playing and coaching… It’s taught me so many wonderful things, but one of the main reasons I keep coming back is the lifelong friendships that have been formed over the years.
“Some of my best memories are getting to play with my brothers, winning the national champs and winning the 12/13 flag with Dandenong… I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed playing in the blue and gold for the Cougars again this year.”
Showing no sign of slowing down, Chelsea is maintaining her hunger for success, but not losing sight of what sparked her love for the sport.
“I would love an opportunity to play for Victoria or in a big bash team, but for me I just want to keep enjoying my cricket and see where it takes me.”