Lentfer gives as good as she gets
SHE is one of only two females in the under-16 colts cricket ranks but it doesn’t stop Brothers’ Natasha Lentfer from holding her own on the field.
The 17-year-old may not look like your typical cricketer but has become accustomed to matching the boys – and not just with bat and ball.
“Sometimes they do (sledge me),” she laughs.
“They say ‘she’s just a girl so we can get her out straight away’. I always laugh and I don’t usually say anything back, I just try to knuckle down a bit harder.
“It depends if I sledge my own team-mates though.
“I don’t do it if they don’t stir me but we stir each other all the time so it’s a bit of fun.”
Since first picking up a bat aged eight, Lentfer has been mixing with the boys.
Her first-ever side was a boys’ under-10 line-up – not that it daunted her.
“I have been playing cricket since under-10s when I was eight,” she says.
“It was mostly family so I wasn’t too scared or anything.
“I got a bat and the boys would always give me a go.
“It has never been an issue.”
Lentfer regards herself as more of a batsman – or should that be batswoman – but is happy to forgo a bat in order to have fun.
She admits her form has been down this season but that is only a small part of the attraction to the game.
“I’m not doing too good this year because I have had work commitments and so I work when we train,” she says.
“But I have always played for fun. I’m just happy to play and have fun.
“This year it’s a team full of people from my school so it has been easy to adjust.
“People always ask how I go. I just say I do OK.”
The Grafton High product last year captained her school’s all-girl line-up.
And she has proven herself to be able to handle the extra responsibility with the boys as well.
“I look to give the boys in my team a go because they go to training each week so it seems more fair that way,” she says.
“They have let me open the batting before, as well as last game.
“They always give me a go if I want it but I play fair based on who has been to training.”
Lentfer’s ultimate goal is to pass a half-century and knows while she continues to have fun anything is possible.
“I would love to score a 50 but I don’t know about getting one,” she laughs.
“They say ‘she’s just a girl so we can get her out straight away’. I always laugh.”