GIVING IT THEIR BEST SHOT: State Indoor Cricket representatives, from left: Ashleigh Smith, Kara Sutherland, Amanda Whitby and
GIVING IT THEIR BEST SHOT: State Indoor Cricket representatives, from left: Ashleigh Smith, Kara Sutherland, Amanda Whitby and

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By RODNEY STEVENS

sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

FOUR Clarence Valley girls will be looking to hit their opposition for six following their selection for NSW at the National Indoor Cricket Titles.

The titles to be held at Liverpool in Sydney commencing next weekend include both men and women in the Under-18 and open divisions.

South Grafton High school student Kara Sutherland has been selected as captain of the NSW Under-18 team with fellow student Ashleigh Smith selected in the Under-16s.

Amanda Whitby, of St Andrew's Christian Community School joins Sutherland in the 18s while fellow St Andrew's student Melanie Cowan has been selected to captain the Under-16 side.

Sutherland, 14, who has been playing indoor cricket for the past three seasons and is not daunted by the prospect of playing against people more than twice her age, said she doesn't prefer either fielding or batting and enjoys all aspects of indoor cricket.

"It will be a really good experience (playing at the national titles) and hopefully I will learn from the players I play with and against," she said.

Cowan, 15, said she hopes that playing against the Under-18 girls will improve her skills and make her a better player.

Whitby, 16 has been selected in the Under-18 team for the past two years and has ambitions of playing for Australia.

"I aim to play well in the tournament and hope to be selected for Australia," she said.

Smith, a sweeper who has only been playing indoor cricket for the past six months, hopes to gain experience at the titles and become a better player.

Coach of the NSW Under-16s side David Whitby said national selectors will be out in force to look for girls to select in the national Under-19 side to attend a training camp for the upcoming matches against the Kiwis.

"Girls who perform well at the national titles may also come into consideration for the World Cup in England next year," he said.

The Under-18s team will play the open women's team from each state in the round robin format tournament to determine which four teams reach the finals.

"The Under-16s team plays only two games on the June 29 against the Queensland and NSW Under-18s teams to give them a taste of what to expect in the Under-18s," he said.



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