CELEBRATIONS: The NSW Open Women's team celebrate a catch taken by Clarence Valley cricketer Amy Riddell. RIGHT: Carly Leeson plays a straight drive in the semi-final.
CELEBRATIONS: The NSW Open Women's team celebrate a catch taken by Clarence Valley cricketer Amy Riddell. RIGHT: Carly Leeson plays a straight drive in the semi-final. Powershots Photography

Clarence Valley indoor cricketers earn national selection

INDOOR CRICKET: Kara Sutherland, Greg Mears, Carly Leeson and Amy Riddell have all gained selection in national indoor cricket sides following strong performances at recent national titles.

Sutherland surprised at Open Womens selection

A professional cricketer for Sydney Sixers in the inaugural Women's Big Bash League, Sutherland added another string to her burgeoning bow after she was selected in the Australian Open Women's side.

Sutherland played her part for finalists Queensland during last week's Australian National Indoor Cricket Championships.

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Sutherland said she was "blessed" to make the Australian side in a sport she had spent some time away from.

"What an amazing week with an awesome bunch of girls," Sutherland said on social media. "Completely surprised and incredibly honoured to end it like this."

The Australian Women's open side will play New Zealand in September.

Riddell, Leeson called up for Australia Under 22s

Following stellar performances for New South Wales, Harwood cricketer Carly Leeson and Westlawn's Amy Riddell have been selected in the Australian Under-22 Indoor team.

The NSW Open Women's team celebrate a catch that Clarence Valley cricketer Amy Riddell took.
The NSW Open Women's team celebrate a catch that Clarence Valley cricketer Amy Riddell took. Powershots Photography
 

The selection comes after the two teens guided the Australian Under 18 Women to a World Series win in Brisbane last year.

While Leeson represented Australia Under 20s at a Trans Tasman Series in New Zealand in 2014, it is Riddell's first national indoor selection in the senior ranks. But she is not scared.

"It was another step above from juniors and the junior world cup that we played in last year," Riddell said.

"The ladies you play with have a lot more experience, they have played for years and years, so it was great to learn as much as we could from them."

Amy Riddell of Junction Hill - returned from national championships where she bowled record breaking figures and captained ACT/NSW Country to third place.Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Amy Riddell of Junction Hill - returned from national championships where she bowled record breaking figures and captained ACT/NSW Country to third place.Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Riddell did admit she did have a few nerves heading into the tournament about playing among the experienced ladies, but they were gone after only a couple of balls.

"I was a little nervous, just because I was not sure what to expect," she said.

"The first couple of days I spent getting used to it, it was just a new challenge."

The girls' New South Wales side faltered in the semi-finals against a red-hot South Australian side.

New South Wales was in the contest until a final skin worth 27 runs got the South Australian girls over the line.

Leeson and Riddell had strong tournaments with both bat and ball. Leeson scored 58 runs from her five appearances and took five wickets from her 10 overs.

Riddell scored 53 runs for the tournament but was lethal with the ball in hand taking 11 wickets from 12 overs.

"I was pleased with how it went," Riddell said.

"I think I had a reasonably good tournament."

The girls will join their Australian Under 22 side in Port Macquarie in September for a Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand.

Lower Clarence sensation Carly Leeson plays a straight drive for the NSW Open Women's side.
Lower Clarence sensation Carly Leeson plays a straight drive for the NSW Open Women's side. Powershots Photography

Mears winds back clock for NSW Over 50s

Tucabia Copmanhurst second grade cricketer Greg Mears has wound back the clock with a stellar performance at the Australian Indoor Masters Cricket Championships for New South Wales to earn higher representative honours for the Australian Over 50s side.

Mears' NSW Blues side made the final against Queensland and despite figures of 3/1 Mears could not save his side from defeat. He will tour England in October.



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