Holly Ferling is a cricketer who was awarded a Scholarship within the 2014 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program, she was paired with Kieren Perkins OAM as her Mentor.
Holly was born in Kingaroy, Queensland, in 1995, and starred as a junior netballer. She represented the Wide Bay Thundercats in the Queensland State Netball League, before committing to cricket and becoming a skilled fast medium bowler.
In her debut domestic season (2012-13), Holly earned a place in the Women’s National Cricket League 50-over Team of the Year. She was then named in the squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in 2013.
As a 17-year-old, she broke onto the international scene, taking 2-10 from three overs in Australia’s opening match. She was one of the fastest bowlers, clocked at 110-120km/h and went on to take nine wickets and was named 12th man in the Team of the Tournament.
Holly made her Test debut against England in the 2013 Women’s Ashes Series and made her international T20 debut. She dismissed the English captain Charlotte Edwards 3 times and would play for Australia again in the 2015 Ashes series. Also, in 2015, she was the first signing for the Brisbane Heat in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League T20 tournament and played for Northern Districts Spirit in New Zealand.
Injury cost Holly her spot in the national team in 2016 and 2017, but in 2018 she returned to cricket with the Melbourne Stars BBL team. Following a successful season with the Stars, she switched to cross-town rivals the Melbourne Renegades in 2021.
Holly also started the podcast, Girls and Glory in 2021, focussing on women in sport, and joined the Chanel 7 commentary team during coverage of the fourth test between Australia and India at the Gabba in 2021.
Honours & Achievements
- 2013: Women’s National Cricket League 50-over Team of the Year.
- 2013: 2013 Women’s Ashes Series Debut.
- 2013: International T20 debut.
- 2014: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder.