Carly Leeson.
Carly Leeson.

Carly on top of the world

CARLY Leeson chose the perfect moment to shine in Australia's win at the 2014 Indoor Cricket Under-20 Women's World Cup in New Zealand on Saturday.

The 15-year-old from Woodford Island took a hat-trick in the second last over of the tournament and was named Player of the Final in the process.

Leeson top scored with 31 runs as Australia posted 155 before New Zealand scored just 111 with Leeson taking 3 for 5 off her two overs.

Australia won seven of its nine preliminary matches, from which they won 33 of a possible 36 skins.

As the youngest player in the Australian side, Leeson took time to find her feet in a three-run loss to the hosts in the series opener.

But she grew as the tournament progressed - finishing with the fifth best combined average (batting minus bowling) from the squad of 12 with 12.14 runs per game.

She was named Player of the Match in Australia's sixth game - a big win over South Africa in which Leeson scored 29 runs and took 3 for 3.

In the ninth match, again against South Africa, she produced the match's second best figures of 18 runs and 2 for 4 with the ball and ensured her selection in the final.

Earlier this year, Leeson captained NSW to the Australian Under-17 Indoor Cricket Girls Championship and was part of the victorious NSW side at the Australian Under-20 Indoor Cricket Championship.



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