Natasha Miles with Graham Mackie, mum Anita and Kevin Styles.
Natasha Miles with Graham Mackie, mum Anita and Kevin Styles.

Cricket holiday

By Tony White

Hong Kong-based teenager Natasha Miles has spent the past week at Yamba learning cricket the Australian way under expert coach, Graham Mackie.

The visit was organised by Lower Clarence Cricket Association president Kevin Styles following co-operation between the Hong Kong Cricket Club and Yamba Cricket Club.

Miles, 16, who attends the Island School in Hong Kong, is an accomplished cricketer in her homeland representing the national women's team and playing in the local league. She also plays rugby at school.

Miles has had intensive two hour sessions, often twice a day with Mackie since arriving in the district last Friday. She returns to Hong Kong today.

"It's been really good, fantastic," Miles said. "And very interesting.

"Graham took me various bowling and batting drills. I'm definitely taking back some good ideas and new techniques which hopefully, I can pass on back home.

"In Hong Kong we've only got two grass wickets, most games are played on synthetic wickets."

Mackie holds a level three coaching accreditation and has coached Australian players Adam Gilchrist and Michael Slater.

Miles was accompanied on the trip by her mother, Anita, who heads women's cricket for the Hong Kong Cricket Club. Her English-born father Rodney runs an internet company based in Hong Kong.

Next summer Miles is headed to famous Lords Cricket Ground in England to work with the Young MCC professional staff to further her ambitions.

"One day I'd love to represent England," she said.

Styles said he was hopeful of getting Miles back to Australia in the future to work with the North Coast squad and possibly organising a reciprocal trip to Honk Kong for a young Lower Clarence female player.

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