Riddell sends opposition into a spin at national championships
CRICKET: Last week Amy Riddell captained ACT / NSW Country to third spot at the Australian Under-18 Female Cricket Championships.
She was all set to showcase those leadership skills to the Clarence on Australia Day - until the annual cricket match at Ellem Oval was washed out.
The talented off-spinning all-rounder was named one of the captains for the Clarence River Junior Cricket Association’s curtain raiser to the Mayor’s XI v President’s XI Twenty20 Cricket Match. The other was fellow female cricketer Ellynie Cameron.
“It was going to be good to have a bit of fun on Australia Day,” Riddell said yesterday.
“Especially with two girls as skippers. Ellynie was in our academy for a little while and plays with us for Westlawn under-16s.”
Riddell starred for ACT / NSW Country in Canberra, taking a total of 14 wickets for the campaign, including 6 for 21 off 9 overs in the playoff for third spot against South Australia - setting the record for the most wickets in an innings by an ACT / NSW Country player at the tournament.
“I just tried to put the ball outside off stump,” the 17-year-old said.
“The pitch was staying really low so they decided to give it some water. So for the last game it was pretty soft and the ball got a bit of turn.
“I got two bowled, an lbw, as well as a couple caught behind off the gloves.”
Riddell played in the same team last year. But this year she took on the leadership responsibilities at this level for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“I loved it,” she said. “All the girls had a fair bit of experience and had input which made it a lot easier.
“The biggest challenge was when batters started to get away. You have to make field changes or try something different with the bowlers to create a chance.
“There were a few players who have been playing in the Women’s Big Bash League.”
For the second year in a row Riddell was selected in the Australian Under-18 Female Development Squad to train at the Queensland High Performance Centre in Brisbane in September.
Fellow ACT / NSW Country representative Naomi McDonald and Carly Leeson, who played for second-placed NSW Metro, were the other Clarence products selected in the 22-player squad. Grace McDonald also played for ACT / NSW Country.