Angela wreaks havoc
LOCAL cricketer Angela Reakes is set to play in the Twenty20 domestic women’s final for the New South Wales Breakers after starring against South Australia at the weekend.
Reakes, a leg-spinner from Knockrow, returned figures of 3-11 from three overs in the Breakers’ nine-wicket win at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday and was a catalyst for the collapse of the South Australians.
“I got an opportunity to bowl and I was on a hat-trick but I didn’t capitalise on it,” Reakes said.
“There wasn’t much in the pitch, but I picked up a bit of turn which resulted in a few wickets.”
NSW finished on top of the Twenty20 pointscore and will play Victoria in the final at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Reakes, 19, is understandably excited.
“I can’t wait for it,” she said.
“It’s going to be played before the blokes and will be televised for the first time on TV on Fox Sports.”
Reakes will again be in action against Victoria in the final of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) at the MCG on January 30.
The Breakers have been the outstanding performers in the one-day league, having won 11 of the past 13 competitions.
They only narrowly missed out on a home final but playing away does not worry Reakes.
“We began a bit slowly this season but the girls have put in some good performances recently,” Reakes said.
“It will come down to being consistent on the day.”
Before Christmas, Reakes was busy playing for the Shooting Stars, the Australian Under-21 women’s team, against their New Zealand counterparts.
The Shooting Stars defeated the New Zealand Emerging Players 4-1, with Reakes playing alongside Australian representatives Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy.
“It was a really strong team,” Reakes said.
“It was often tough to get a bowl as the top four bowlers were the top four bowlers of the Australian open team. So I had to take my chances when I could.”
Playing in the NSW Breakers has also been beneficial to Reakes’ development as a leg-spinner.
“My captain, Lisa Sthalekar, is a fellow spinner, and has taught me how to use different tactics and field placings,” she said.
“The other spinner Erin Osbourne always gives me plenty of encouragement.”
In the past year, Reakes has developed several variations and is now working on a mystery ball.
Having only just turned 19, she looks to have a big future.