Chloe Piparo has been unveiled as the Western Fury captain for the upcoming Women’s National Cricket League season.
The Fury have turned to Piparo to lead the WA women after the departure of Elyse Villani back to her home State of Victoria.
Piparo’s appointment at the age of just 23 is recognition of her wonderful leadership skills.
Despite her youth, Piparo boasts plenty of experience in the domestic 50-over competition, having already played five seasons for her state since debuting aged 17.
Piparo will be supported by fellow Team Emageo star Nicole Bolton, who will serve as vice-captain.
“I’m really proud and privileged to lead this team,” Piparo said.
“To be considered leadership material is a real honour and something I won’t be taking for granted.
“This team is heading in the right direction on and off the field, and to be able to drive that further is really exciting.”
WA coach Lisa Keightley said Piparo had been a driving force among the group for a long time and was ready to step up.
“Her skills and leadership credentials have developed really well and she has definitely been a leader in and around the group for a number of years,” Keightley said.
“Chloe was an obvious choice for me, she lives and breathes our culture and values. Being able to bounce off someone like Nicole is great for Chloe, they work really well together and Nicole will be able to help develop her leadership skills on and off the field.
“I thought last year was a breakthrough year for Chloe with her performances with the bat and I have no doubt she’ll continue that form leading into this season’s WNCL. She has great pride playing for WA and is popular around the group, and to be able to hand the captaincy to an impressive young woman shows Women’s cricket is in a healthy position in this state.”