Girls a hit at Country carnival

NORTH Coast has gone through the NSW Country Under-19 girls regional cricket championship in Newcastle undefeated.

And to top off a great week, three players were selected in the Country team.

The girls to make the grade are Sammy-Jo Johnson, Georgia Redmayne and Jenny Taffs.

Johnson, 17, of Goonellabah, dominated with some strong opening bowling and an innings of 94.

Redmayne, 17, of Alstonville, was impressive as a wicketkeeper and consistent with the bat.

Taffs, 15, formerly of Kyogle but now living at Grafton, also did well with her left-arm bowling and dangerous hitting.

Coach Keith Wyatt, of Murwillumbah, travelled with the team and was pleased with North Coast's performance.

“The girls selected are good, hard-working cricket-ers,” Wyatt said.

“They are very talented dual athletes and all three of them have made teams like this previously.

“It's very exciting the North Coast will have the biggest representation in the Country team.”

All three girls have been part of the Emerging Breakers, a Cricket NSW winter training squad.

The girls will now travel to Blacktown in Sydney, where the City v Country games will be played on November 12-13.

Country will play Sydney as a selection trial for the NSW Under-19 team.

Their coach thinks all three have a genuine chance.

If successful the girls will play in the national carnival in Adelaide in January.

Angela Reakes, of Knockrow, has been included in the NSW Breakers open women's team for the first round of the Women's National Cricket League against Tasmania at North Sydney Oval starting on Friday.

Remarkably, eight players in the team, including Reakes, are under 21.

The team is:

Alex Blackwell (captain, Universities / Riverina), Leah Poulton (vice-captain, St George-Sutherland / Hunter), Sarah Coyte (Campbelltown-Camden), Nicole Goodwin (Sydney / Hunter), Lisa Griffith (Campbelltown-Camden / Western), Alyssa Healy (Sydney), Claire Koski (Campbelltown-Camden), Sharon Millanta (Bankstown), Ellyse Perry (Sydney), Angela Reakes (Sydney / North Coast), Lisa Sthalekar (Gordon), Kara Sutherland (Campbell-town-Camden / North Coast), Kate Waetford (Campbelltown-Camden).

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