Central Sparks all-rounder Charis Pavely says she hopes the rest of the season brings 'more opportunities’ for herself to form a solid place in the first team.
Pavely has been a part of the Sparks’ academy setup for a while now and has been one of the more outstanding performers in the side, coached by Darren Franklin.
As the Sparks played out the remainder of their T20 Charlotte Edwards Cup fixtures earlier this month, Pavely was involved in Lloyd Tennant’s squad. The spin bowler was in an around the team for three games, featuring in the initial squads for games against Thunder and Southern Vipers respectively, then came her break.
In the game at Edgbaston against the Vipers, Pavely was bought on as a field-sub for the injured Abbey Freeborn. Impressing with her enthusiasm and energy in the field, Pavely was then selected to make her senior debut in an away game versus the Western Storm at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol.
On making her debut, the Worcestershire County player said: “Leading up to my senior debut, I didn’t really see it coming.
“I’d only been in the squad a couple of times before, so I expected to be around the environment a bit more before I got my opportunity.
“When we got to Bristol, I felt good about the match against [Western] Storm, and then to make my debut, I felt very honoured to receive my cap and play with complete freedom.
“There’s never any pressure when I’m surrounded by the rest of the team as I know they completely back my skills, which allows me to play my game.”
Pavely knows that since making her debut, she is in the sights of the first team coaching staff, and she is set to be in positions to continue her progression into the adult game in the coming weeks.
With the first half of the season mostly a case of plying her trade with the academy team, Pavely knows that the second half is even more crucial for both her and the rest of the squad.
She said: “The first half of the season has felt very slow compared to normal because of the amount of rain we’ve had, so I’ll be honest it doesn’t feel like we’ve started playing too much.
“With the 50 overs, [Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy] games starting back up in July, I’m keen to impress again, and I hope the rest of the season brings more opportunities for me to express myself both on and off the pitch.”