Sutherland, Leeson T20 teammates
CLARENCE Valley products Kara Sutherland and Carly Leeson will play as teammates tomorrow when Country takes on City in a Twenty20 women's cricket clash at Port Macquarie.
Leeson was recently named NSW Country Female Player of the Year following outstanding achievements during the 2013/14 season at under-15 and under-18 level.
Now the Harwood CC all-rounder has a huge opportunity to test her wares against a host of senior internationals including City captain Rachael Haynes and current Southern Stars Sarah Coyte, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry.
The match starts at 5pm at Wayne Richards Park and represents game two in the annual City versus Country series for the Lorna Thomas Trophy. City defeated Country by seven wickets in game one on September 14 at Blacktown International Sportspark.
NSW Breakers head coach Joanne Broadbent said the match would take on extra importance with the start of the Women's National Cricket League only two weeks away.
"This is the last chance for players to experience competitive match conditions before the Breakers play their first round on October 10," Broadbent said.
"The selectors are also continuing to use these matches to give players from our youth programs the chance to experience senior representative cricket.
"Carly Leeson is the latest player to receive this opportunity and I am sure that playing alongside the likes of Alex Blackwell, Erin Osborne and Leah Poulton will be a terrific learning experience for her."
The Under-18 Girls Country Championships also begin in the Port Macquarie area tomorrow. Leeson is captain of the North Coastal team which also contains Grafton's Shinae Macdonald, Grace McDonald, Naomi McDonald and Amy Riddel and will play its opening match prior to the Twenty20 clash.
Meanwhile, Grafton's Ellynie Cameron is in the North Coastal side competing in the Under-15 Girls Country Championships which conclude today.
The busy weekend is just the start for Leeson, who flies to New Zealand on October 13 to represent Australia Under-20s at the Indoor Cricket World Cup.
While Sutherland is now a regular face in the NSW Breakers setup, she is also breaking new ground in her cricket career, selected for the Cricket Australia XI to take on West Indies in two T20 matches on October 21-22.