Western Australia might have just won back-to-back Marsh Cups, but it was skipper Ashton Turner’s daughter Billie who stole the show on Wednesday night.
The Warriors had just thoroughly trounced South Australia after setting a record-equalling target of 7/387 – giving their already overfilling case yet another trophy after winning multiple BBL, Marsh Cup and Sheffield Shield titles over the last few years.
Turner, the leader of a golden generation of home-grown Western Australian cricketers, was giving an interview on the WACA turf when daughter Billie decided enough was enough.
The adorable five-year-old came running into view and was completely taken with the shiny Marsh Cup trophy, admiring her reflection in it as Turner gently attempted to bat her away.
She then tipped it upside down to see what was inside before the team gathered around to lift the mug.
Billie Turner was quite taken with her reflection in the shiny Marsh Cup trophy on Wednesday night
While Ashton Turner was giving his thank you speeches, daughter Billie then tipped the Cup upside down to see what was inside
Ashton Turner with wife Krystenna and five-year-old daughter Billie. The pair also have twins named Freddie and Mia
The hilarious moment that followed sent social media into meltdown.
Billie wanted to help her father lift the trophy, but as the pumped-up Western Australian side gathered around for a victory photo, instead of shooing her away, Turner elected to push her under the table and away from the cameras.
It was a brutal parenting move by the 30-year-old father of three, who married long-time partner Krystenna in February, 2022.
Fans were quick to express their hilarity, with many applauding his ‘elite parenting’.
‘Can we take a moment to appreciate the elite parenting move at the end to ensure she’s out of the team shot,’ one fan commented.
‘It just shows one thing, Ashton is a great dad. Billie’s parents have taught her to be fearless and expressive – essential to be a truthful human being. Congratulations!!’ another wrote.
‘This should definitely go onto her 18th birthday party video compilation list, get ready for that Billie,’ one said, while another suggested: ‘Y’all should have filled the trophy with candies for the kid.’
Ashton Turner with daughter Billie and twins Mia and Freddie after leading the Scorchers to another BBL title last month
Billie is not just a keen watcher of cricket, either – she’s an eager participant, and was the first registered player for this 2022/23 season.
‘She’s always loved cricket, because for her it’s an opportunity to hang out with other kids and throw a ball around,’ Turner told the West Australian late last year.
‘When my wife found out she was old enough to sign up to the local cricket club, she asked her if she wanted to play cricket and Billie was pretty keen.
‘The opportunities for girls are the best they’ve ever been. It’s not so much about the cricket (at early ages) but more about young boys and girls having a bit of fun and developing their social skills.’
Western Australia secured back-to-back Marsh Cup wins with a big win over South Australia at the WACA on Wednesday
Western Australia quick Jason Behrendorff celebrates with his two sons, Harrison and Levi
Wednesday night’s win was the side’s second title for the summer, after Turner led the Scorchers to a BBL win against the Heat in front of 53,886 excited fans in Perth on February 4.
Aussie ‘keeper prospect Josh Inglis was named Man of the Match for a sparkling 138 off 110 balls, the highest score in a One Day Cup final of all-time.
Cameron Bancroft (90 off 112) and Mitch Marsh (56 off 30) also spanked big runs in the side’s enormous target of 387 off their allotted 50 overs.
South Australia were never in it in reply despite a strong start, losing 10/122 to be dismissed for 206 thanks to a strong performance by Aussie Test outcast Ashton Agar (5-64) and the ageless AJ Tye (3-34).
Domestic cricket now sees states turn their attention to the Sheffield Shield, with Western Australia on the top of the ladder and looking for – you guessed it – back-to-back titles.
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