Matilda (Tilly) Lugg has signed a one-year contract with the Abode Hotels ACT Meteors ahead of the 2018/19 Women’s National Cricket League season.

Hailing from Coffs Harbour, 18-year old Lugg has graduated from the NSW pathway program and formed a name for herself playing for NSW/ACT Country at the National Under 18 Championships as well as North Coastal in the McDonalds Women’s Country Championships.

An exciting up and coming wicket keeper and batter, ACT Meteors Head Coach James Allsopp believes she will be a great addition to the Meteors outfit.

“Matilda is an exciting young player who has performed consistently well for ACT/NSW Country under age teams at the national championships over the past few seasons,” said James Allsopp

“She is an outstanding character and the heart and soul of all teams that she represents which is a trait of all the great wicket keepers within Australian cricket.

“She will work well with Erica Kershaw and challenge one another for that wicket keeping spot.”

Lugg most recently represented NSW/ACT Country at the 2017-18 Under 18 National Championships where she took the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper/fielder, and was also named player of the final at the last Country Championships.

With Lugg’s main focus last year on completing her HSC studies, she admits to being taken a little by surprise when Allsopp came calling.

“I really didn’t have too many expectations as I was so focussed on the HSC and a season playing in Ireland ahead of me, so when James called I certainly wasn’t expecting him to offer me a contract, and was a bit shocked,” said Tilly Lugg

“I don’t really remember what he was saying a whole lot because I was so excited and was trying to act a bit cool at the same time.”

Once the news finally settled in, Lugg turned her attention on the big move to the ACT and starting her career as a professional cricketer.

“I'm really looking forward to dedicating myself to cricket at a professional level and seeing how much I can improve my game,”

“Over the last few years the women’s game has really taken off, so as a young cricketer it’s been really motivating being able to watch more games on the TV and having those players to look up to.

“I still can't really believe the opportunities that are out there for female cricketers and that you can make a career out of doing something you love.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of new people and getting to know the whole team, both players and support staff, really well.

“I'm also really keen to make the most of the new facilities at Phillip.”

Lugg is currently playing in Ireland for the Typhoons in the Toyota Super 3’s Series and for Merrion in the Leinster Women's League. Lugg scored an unbeaten 107 on debut for Merrion earlier this month.

Abode Hotels ACT Meteors Playing Squad | Erin Osborne, Angela Reakes, Hayley Jensen, Nicola Hancock, Katie Mack, Claire Koski, Erin Burns, Erica Kershaw, Matilda Lugg, Maitlan Brown, Clara Iemma, Samantha Bates, Zoe Cooke