Wellington played in the Under 16 and Under 19 Australian indoor sides but outdoor cricket became her priority in recent years, with call-ups to State and national duties.

Scorpions wicketkeeper Tegan McPharlin is set to captain the Thunder once again, while fellow State players Brooke Harris and Sammy Betts are also likely to feature in the NICL this season.

Last year’s winners in the men’s division were the Pink Panthers, while McPharlin’s Thunder made it all the way to the last match of the National Finals, before being defeated in a six-run thriller.

The competition kicks off on Friday night with the women at ICA Sportzworx Stepney, followed by round one of the men’s tournament on Saturday night at Action Indoor Sports Salisbury.

As with previous seasons, games from around the country will be live-streamed on Sundays on the NICL website and via the Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook page, with the women’s game from 5pm and the men’s match from 6:30pm.

South Australia’s live-stream round will take place on Sunday 28 July.

The winning men’s and women’s teams from each of the 10 zones around the country, will go on to play in the NICL Finals Series in September, to determine the ultimate NICL champions.

Visit the NICL website for full fixtures.