Girls gearing up for cricket carnival

NEWRYBAR'S Angela Reakes and Goonellabah's Sammy-Jo Johnson will lead the North Coast bowling attack at the Northern NSW Country women's cricket carnival in Lismore next weekend.

Reakes and Johnson's spin/pace combination will be integral to North Coast's chances against teams from Newcastle, Central Coast and Central North.

Reakes is no stranger to representative cricket, having played for NSW age teams for a number of years as well as having toured India this year.

She was also selected to take part in the Power Challenge involving the State's best players in a pre-season competition.

Johnson was a member of a Combined Independent Schools team that won the Lord's Taveners Shield.

Both girls will be hoping to impress selectors, with the Northern Country team to be selected from the carnival.

The carnival will be played on Sunday and Monday, with 30-over games at Oakes, Blair, Heaps and Richards ovals.

The event will involve three Australian representative players.

Sarah Andrews and Leah Poulton will turn out for the strong Newcastle side while Leonie Coleman will play for Central North.

Each area will also field a youth team.

South Coast, Western, Riverina and ACT teams will play a similar tournament at Wollongong before Northern Country and Southern Country face off to decide the NSW Country side for the City v Country clashes in Sydney late next month.

The 2008-09 season is a big one in women's cricket with NSW hosting the World Cup in March.

Australia has won five of the eight women's World Cups and will defend the title it won in South Africa in 2005.



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