The daughter of Western Australia captain Ashton Turner steals the show after victory in the Marsh One Day Cup
Western Australia may 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 beaten South Australia after setting a record target of 7/387 – giving their already overcrowded cause another trophy after winning multiple BBL, Marsh Cup and Sheffield Shield titles in recent years years.
Turner, the leader of a golden generation of homegrown Western Australian cricketers, was giving an interview on the grounds of the WACA when daughter Billie decided enough was enough.
The adorable five-year-old came running and was totally in awe of the shiny Marsh Cup trophy, admiring her reflection in it as Turner tried to gently knock her away.
She then flipped it upside down to see what was inside before the team gathered to lift the mug.
Billie Turner was quite impressed with her reflection in the shiny Marsh Cup trophy on Wednesday night
While Ashton Turner gave his thank you speeches, daughter Billie tipped the cup upside down to see what was inside
Ashton Turner with wife Krystenna and five-year-old daughter Billie. The couple also have twins named Freddie and Mia
The hilarious moment that followed sent social media crashing.
Billie wanted to help her dad lift the trophy, but as the pumped-up Western Australian side gathered for a victory photo, Turner opted to push her under the table and away from the cameras rather than chase her away.
It was a ruthless parenting move by the 30-year-old father of three, who married his longtime 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 elitist parenting movement at the end to make sure she’s not on the team anymore,” one fan commented.
“It only shows one thing: Ashton is a great dad. Billie’s parents taught her to be fearless and expressive – essential to being a truthful human being. Congratulations!!’ another wrote.
“This should definitely be on her video compilation list for the 18th birthday party, get ready for that Billie,” one said, while another suggested, “You 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 isn’t just an avid cricket watcher either – she’s an avid 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 mingle with other kids and throw a ball,” Turner told the Western Australian late last year.
‘When my wife found out she was old enough to join the local cricket club she asked her if she wanted to play cricket and Billie was quite excited.
“The opportunities for girls are the best they’ve ever been. It’s not so much about cricket (at a young age) but more about young boys and girls having a little fun and developing their social skills.’
Western Australia secured back-to-back Marsh Cup wins with a big victory over South Australia at the WACA on Wednesday
Speedy Western Australia’s 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 victory against the Heat in front of 53,886 excited fans in Perth on February 4.
Future Aussie goalkeeper 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 from 112) and Mitch Marsh (56 from 30) also hit big runs in the side’s huge target of 387 from their allotted 50 overs.
South Australia never got an answer despite a strong start, losing 10/122 and being dismissed for 206 thanks to a strong performance from Aussie Test outcast Ashton Agar (5-64) and the timeless AJ Tye (3-34).
Domestic cricket is now seeing states turn their attention to the Sheffield Shield, with Western Australia topping the ladder and looking for – you guessed it – back-to-back titles.