Hannah Darlington is the first graduate of the Thunder WBBL Academy.

“I want to take the opportunity with both hands to learn from the older girls and the experience they have and hopefully take some of that away," Hannah said.
“I want to take the opportunity with both hands to learn from the older girls and the experience they have and hopefully take some of that away," Hannah said.

Westfields Sports High School cricketer Hannah Darlington is used to being the youngest in her team.

Last year she represented the Cricket Australia X1 at the under-18 Nationals in Hobart – and was selected in the Australian merit team at just 14.

But even this she didn’t expect.

The 15-year-old has become the first graduate of the Thunder WBBL Academy signing to play for the Sydney Thunder in the upcoming Women’s Big Bash League.

The hard-hitting batter will get the chance to play along her idol and Thunder captain  Alex Blackwell.

“I remember once getting to the SCG early for training and she [Alex] was having a hit, I just sat there in awe watching her bat,” she said.

“To be around her for three months with Thunder is really exciting. The way she leads Thunder is amazing.”

Darlington, who recently won Westfields’ player of the year award, will be part of the squad when the Thunder open their campaign against the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers on December 9 and 10.