When Marie Cornish represented Australia at the 1978 World Cup in India she played in front of a crowd of close to 30,000 people.
It seemed things couldn't get much better.
Fast forward 42 years and Cornish was sitting at home in Wellington, watching Australia win the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in front of more than 86,000 people at the MCG.
"Any cricket fan would have been thrilled," the stalwart of Western Zone cricket said.
"It was a historic event, not just for women's cricket but for women's sport."
The game has not only grown an incredible amount since Cornish's time in the green and gold, it's rocketed to a new level or exposure and popularity in just the last few years.
Australian captain Meg Lanning and player of the match Alyssa Healy, who set up the decider victory with a blistering 39-ball knock of 75, both said post-game they never through they would get to part of on occasion like what was seen at the MCG.
Cornish described her experience in India as "an amazing rush" and it was the same for all those in green and gold on Sunday night.
The World Cup brought a whole new level of attention to the game and that, combined with Australia's success, had led to what Cornish said is "an exciting opportunity to keep growing".
That's the aim here in the western area and a school from Cornish's Wellington will be one of 12 heading to Dubbo in the coming weeks for high schools hard ball Twenty20 competition, with other sides coming from Gilgandra, Mudgee, Forbes and Parkes.
Cricket NSW manager for Far West, Matt Ellis, is delighted by those numbers and eager is keep riding the wave created by the national side in recent times.
There will also be a four-week program for female players in the upper primary to lower high school age range in the coming weeks, offering those who have already got into the game a further chance to develop their skills.
Ellis hopes even more young female players will now want to give the game a go.
"There's now some tangible role models for our girls to look up to in the western region," Ellis said.
"They're starting to identify with elite level cricketers and our girls are hoping and aspiring to be on that stage."
The western area has been one of the strongest developers of female talent in recent times and not just because of the efforts of players like Phoebe Litchfield, Lisa Griffith and Emma Hughes.
The challenge now building on it and dealing with the game coming professional.Marie Cornish
There was 80 registered players during the most recent Dubbo District Cricket Association junior girls' program and it was such a success Cricket NSW Female Participation Specialist Samantha Devlin made a special trip west to see what made it so popular.
Ellis hoped Sunday night "was hopefully just the beginning" for women's cricket and as excited as Cornish is, she also acknowledge the challenges facing the game in regional areas.
While numbers are growing, those in the smaller centres like Wellington make standalone competitions difficult while Cornish, who played nine Tests and 16 one-day internationals for Australia, would also like to see more on offer for players once they leave the junior grades.
While acknowledging the game is improving and more competitions start each season, Cornish wants the pathway to remain strong as the top level becomes more professional.
"The WBBL is doing that and there's the national country championships as well and there's now the Regional Bash and it all keeps them in the game," Cornish said.
"That way those who play or are just involved in the game can be eligible for that and they could go on to nationals or even the WBBL."
With the game becoming more professional than it ever has, Cornish said there will also have to be a bigger focus on welfare in the coming years as players of all ages have to deal with spending time away from the game due to issues and injuries.
"The challenge now building on it and dealing with the game coming professional," she said.
Anyone seeking more information on the female cricket in the Dubbo region can contact Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.