More kudos for Kara

KARA Sutherland's cricket career has taken another jump forward with the North Coast captain being named in the Shooting Stars (under-21) Australian squad.

Sutherland said she was 'shocked' when North Coast regional cricket manager Brett Rankin rang to break the news.

“I didn't know anything about it until Brett called,” she said.

“He started congratulating me and I had to ask him what he was talking about.

“I was in disbelief.”

Even Sutherland's parents were taken aback when they heard the good news.

“They were shocked too but pretty proud of me,” she said.

The Shooting Stars program provides playing opportunities for young, talented cricketers with selected players invited to Southern Stars training camps throughout the year. There is also the possibility the squad will play a number of internationals later in the year.

It has been a good year for Sutherland, 17, with the South Grafton High School student involved in a Cricket Australia National under-18 women's talent squad and named player of the carnival after North Coast emerged victorious at the NSW Combined High Schools series.

However, Sutherland, with grand designs to play for the Southern Stars, knows there is a long and difficult road in front of her.

“My year just seems to be getting better ... but there is still a lot of hard work to do,” she said.

“I have an emerging Breakers program, we train about once a month and then a training camp with the NSW under-19 squad,” she said.

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