All-rounder plays beyond her years
By TONY WHITE
OUTSTANDING young cricketer Kara Sutherland has won selection in the Australian Under-19 indoor cricket team.
The gifted 14-year-old South Grafton High student was picked after her performance for the NSW Under-18 team which she captained at the Australian National Indoor Titles at Liverpool throughout last week.
"Kara is excited, over the moon," her father Greig said yesterday.
"She's achieved a goal she set out to achieve. The family is very proud of her achievements."
A 2005 Daily Examiner Sports Star of the Year top 10 finalist, Kara played eight games for NSW at the national titles and was one of only two team members who achieved a positive batting against bowling average. She averaged around 15 per game.
NSW Under-18s, playing against far more experienced and elder teams, won three matches and finished sixth of eight contenders.
Greig Sutherland managed the team coached by John Giggins.
The Australian Under-19 team will play a series of matches against New Zealand and the Australian women's open team prior to a Trans Tasman Series between Australia and New Zealand in Brisbane in October.
Kara's Australian selection is a major step towards her ultimate goal, gaining selection in the Australian team to contest the Junior World Indoor Cup in England next October.
Kara is adept at both indoor and outdoor forms of cricket, last year selected for the NSW Under-15 NSW outdoor team, with Andrew Firth and John Frame instrumental in her rise to prominence.
The NSW Under-18 team was the talk of the Australian titles. Officials and onlookers were amazed at the maturity and skill of the team that contained many youngsters.