Born to lead

By TONY WHITE

OUTSTANDING South Grafton High cricketer Kara Sutherland has been chosen to captain the NSW Under-18 girls' indoor cricket team at the Australian championships in June.

Grafton's Amanda Whitby was also selected in the NSW team.

Sutherland, 14, and Whitby, 16, were both members of last year's NSW Under-16s indoor development squad and are proficient in indoor and outdoor forms of the game.

Sutherland is a member of the State Under-16 outdoor cricket team.

Both girls, while eligible for the Under-16s, have performed admirably with the Under-18s, leading to elevation to the senior grade, a stepping stone to the opens.

The national championships, including the ladies open, will take place at Liverpool Sports Centre, June 25-July 2.

"This year the 18s will play teams from all states alongside the open teams," NSW Under-16 development coach David Whitby said.

"And it looks like the 16s development squad will also go to Liverpool and play several games, depending on what teams the other states send."

Whitby, who led last year's Under-16s development squad to win the National Development Challenge in Grafton, has again been appointed coach of the team.

The Under-16s have recently returned from a training session in Wauchope.

Three Clarence players ? Melanie Cowan (Grafton), Stephanie Honeybrook (Maclean) and Nicole Carlon (Iluka) ? are selected in the NSW 16s development squad.



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