Cricket girls up for state selection after success
NSW Country cricket selectors will be looking at seven Clarence Valley girls who have played their part in a weekend of domination from North Coast in the country championships.
Both the opens and under-15 teams won their championships at carnivals in Taree and Port Macquarie over the weekend.
Today selectors will name a NSW Country under-15 team to play city later this season.
Under-15 team manager Anne Daniels said the five Clarence girls: team captain Carly Leeson, Chelsea Cotten, Amy Riddell, Shinae MacDonald and Courtney Fuller all put in good displays in the four games that decided the title.
"The selectors told us to keep an eye on the website on Wednesday when they will announce the team," Daniels said.
In the opens competition North Coast was helped by the presence of NSW Breakers Kara Sutherland (formerly of Grafton) and Angela Reakes from Murwillumbah, who was also team captain.
Sisters Naomi and Grace McDonald and Tiffany Hodson were also part of the North Coast team.
Reakes was named the Player of the Carnival in the opens.
The McDonald sisters are a chance to be selected in the NSW Country under-18s team. "Although it's an opens competition, players are eligible to be picked in the 18s," Daniels said.
The under-15s campaign started with a six-wicket win over Illawarra Southern with Fuller picking up 2-11 and MacDonald and Riddell a wicket each as North Coast held Illawarra to 8-133.
With the bat MacDonald (24no) and Riddell (11no) saw their team to victory.
In the next game, a T20 match against Central Northern Leeson was devastating with the ball, taking 5-8 as they demolished the opposition for 38.
The third game on Sunday against Western was another comfortable win for North Coast 119 to 76.
Leeson hit 30 and MacDonald was 32 not out. Leeson and Riddell each picked up one of the four wickets to fall.
In the 35-over final on Sunday afternoon against the New Coasters, a combination Newcastle and South Coast team, MacDonald finished 43 not out and Leeson hit 31 in the North Coast total of 166.
MacDonald and Fuller (11no) put on 48 valuable runs in the team's final partnership.
Riddle took 2-13 and MacDonald 2-32 and Leeson 1-5 as the New Coasters folded for 113.
Daniels said winning the title was exciting for Leeson, MacDonald, Riddell and Fuller.
"It was their last year in the under-15s and being able to win was really good for them," she said.