NSW fast bowler Sharon Millanta finished her representative career on a high by announcing her retirement after helping the Lend Lease Breakers win a ninth straight Women’s National Cricket League title.
Debuting at the start of the 2001/02 season against South Australia in Wollongong, Millanta is one of the most senior members of the Lend Lease Breakers squad.
She made 60 WNCL appearances for the Breakers, taking 39 wickets, and played 59 T20 matches, claiming 53 wickets.
Millanta played in seven WNCL Finals, including six of the last nine, and she was part of the Lend Lease Breakers’ WT20 victory in 2012/13.
The majority of Millanta’s success came late in her career.
She established her place in the NSW line-up during the 2009/10 season and made her International debut at the age of 31 when Australia played New Zealand in a winter series in Brisbane during June 2011.
It was the first of six One Day International appearances and four T20 Internationals. Her last International tour was when Australia played India in March 2012.
Millanta waited until after Sunday’s WNCL Final at North Sydney Oval to tell her team mates of her decision.
“Being part of the Breakers has been an absolute honour and it is something that I have never taken for granted. It has been a privilege to play alongside some of the best players in the country, and indeed the world,” she said.
“To have been part of the team’s record winning streak is something I will always look back on with immense pride. I have no doubt that the girls will continue to dominate and add to their already proud history, and although I will no longer walk beside them, I will always be a Breaker at heart! Thank you to all of the players and staff from across the many years that have made this such an incredible journey!”
Kerry Marshall, the Chair of the NSW Women’s Selection Panel, paid tribute to Millanta’s determination and work ethic.
“Sharon has been an outstanding representative for the Lend Lease Breakers. She has been a committed, hardworking player who is an outstanding role model for younger players. She will be greatly missed by her team mates and the support staff.
“We wish Sharon the best for the future and thank her for her outstanding contributions to the success of the Lend Lease Breakers,” she said.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Jones, congratulated Millanta on her achievements.
“It is wonderful that Sharon has been able to end her career with another WNCL Final win. Her commitment to the Lend Lease Breakers has been unwavering and her achievements on and off the field substantial.
“In addition to her admirable playing record she has built a successful professional career as an Occupational Therapist – an achievement in itself. On behalf of Cricket NSW I would like to congratulate Sharon, thank her for the role she has played in building the Lend Lease Breakers’ legacy and wish her the very best for the future,” he said.