Reakes pushes for Breakers spot
KNOCKROW’S Angela Reakes will try and spin her way into the NSW Breakers women’s cricket team in a Twenty20 match in Sydney on Saturday.
Reakes, and Grafton’s Kara Sutherland, will play in the Country NSW team against a select City side at Blacktown’s Olympic Park, the first such match in women’s cricket in NSW.
At stake is a spot in the Breakers team for the 2010/11 Women’s National Cricket League season.
This is the first time since 2007/08 that the women’s City-Country series will be played.
In a change that reflects the new women’s interstate competition, this series will include Twenty20 cricket for the first time with two matches on Saturday, while teams will also play a 50-over game on September 25.
NSW captain, Alex Blackwell, will lead a very young Country side which has more than half the team under the age of 20.
That includes leg-spinner Reakes, who debuted for the Breakers last season and represented the Australian under-21 team.
City will be captained by Bankstown and NSW veteran, Sarah Aley, and includes 16-year-old Bankstown leg-spinner, Katie Mack, as well as Gordon’s Hannah Trollip who was the leading run scorer in Sydney Grade last summer.
“These games are the first opportunity for players to impress selectors in match conditions and we are looking forward to seeing who makes the most of their chance,” said NSW Breakers coach, Neil McDonald.
“After the retirements of Sarah Andrews and Kate Blackwell, there are places up for grabs.”
The first Twenty20 match between City and Country will start at 10am. Game two gets underway at 1pm. Entry to both matches is free.