Angela Reakes.
Angela Reakes. The Northern Star

Angela Reakes impresses cricket selectors

KNOCKROW cricketer Angela Reakes has impressed selectors despite the North Coast team losing all three matches in the NSW Northern Country Championships in Lismore over the weekend.

NSW selector Neil McDonald said Reakes, 17, was almost a certainty for the NSW Country under-19 team to be named on Friday.

“But we are also looking at her for a NSW A team to play in a carnival in December,” McDonald said.

“We'll be looking at her very closely when we pick that team.

“For a young girl, that's a pretty big wrap.”

Angela opened the batting and top scored with 62 in the North Coast's 59-run loss to Central North.

She then backed it up with a 26 and 27 in losses to Newcastle and then Central.

“I decided it was time to go out and bat with confidence,” she said.

“I wanted to use to carnival to start making a name for myself and I thought what better time to start the season.

“I hope I caught the eye of selectors and assisted my reputation among women's cricket.”

She did, according to McDonald.

“Angela could also be a contender for the open women's Country team,” McDonald said.

“I don't really know when (the City/Country match) will be played, but she'll certainly be on the books and she'll be a good chance.

“She had an outstanding weekend in open company.

“She batted really well and bowled leg spin with great flight and control.”

Angela also finished the carnival with three wickets, just one behind the leading wicket taker.

She has been training with the NSW Institute of Sport under-19 team since the start of year, and would love to lead the Country under-19s.

“I'd like to see myself as captain,” she said.

“That would be my aim but I gave it my all and that's all I can do.”

The Xavier Catholic College school captain is currently studying for her final exams and is preparing to leave the region next year.

Reakes' team mate Sammy-Jo Johnson also impressed and was picked in the NSW North Country under-17 team.


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