We are proud to confirm that young all-rounder Charis Pavely has signed on the dotted lines to become our 11th professional player and sign her first pro deal with the Central Sparks.
After making her senior debut during the 2023 season, England U19 all-rounder Pavely has decided to commit her future to the Sparks by signing as a professional with her first pro contract.
The 19-year-old player has been tipped as a ‘three-dimensional talent’ by many and it is an important signing for Sparks who have secured their homegrown talent on professional terms.
On her signing, Pavely said: “I’m very grateful to have been able to sign professionally with the Sparks. I am honoured to take this next step and sign a professional contract here.
“Since joining the academy four years ago, it’s always been something that I’ve had on my radar, so to say I’ve done that and signed professionally, it is truly an honour.”
Sparks number 28, Pavely, made her debut in the Charlotte Edwards Cup, away against Western Storm at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol, but had been involved in Lloyd Tennant’s squad selections previously.
After making her senior debut, Pavely said she didn’t really ‘see it coming,’ but was happy it did. Now, she is striving for more first team success.
Pavely added: “I was really proud to make my debut last season and play in a few key games at the back end of the season and so happy I will get to continue to do that.”
The signing of Pavely is vital for the future of the Sparks, any team would be pleased to be able to keep homegrown talent around, and this is the sentiment of Sparks director of cricket, Laura MacLeod.
MacLeod said: “I’m delighted to secure Charis. Another three-dimensional player who is totally left-handed and made her debut for us last season.
“Her approach to learning and developing is second to none, Pavely has the potential to be part of a group of more than handy all-rounders in the team.”