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Clermont teen shines for state

Capable with both bat and ball.
Capable with both bat and ball.

THE answer to winning back the Ashes may be found on the wickets of the Central Highlands.

And playing for Australia doesn’t seem to be an unachievable feat for Clermont girl Chelsea Wood who has been selected as part of the Queensland under-15 girls cricket team.

“It’s unexpected, I was stunned and it took a few days to sink in as I didn’t expect it,” Chelsea said.

She said she had tried out for the Capricornia side and selectors picked her to join a squad for the state team.

“I first got selected in Year 6 and have been on the Queensland team for the past three years,” she said.

Chelsea said her favourite cricketer was Shane Watson because she was a fast bowling all-rounder, just like him.

“I have no preference over batting and bowling,” she said but boasted her top score was 44 runs and getting four for none in one over.

Mum Kim Wood said Chelsea started her cricketing career when she was dragged along to watch her older brother play when he started.

“She much preferred to be part of the action,” Kim said. “So we taught her how to hold a bat and to bowl and she took to it quickly.

“Girls in the Queensland side are expected to play club cricket in their home town. They have to attend weekly (regional) training over about a 12-week period commencing in August and they also have to attend their club training.

“In September there is a training clinic for the squads in Brisbane and throughout the season they have to attend Queensland team training in Brisbane, leading up to the National Championships which are held in the December to January period.

“Australian Cricket holds a national championship once a year (which) goes for approximately one week in one of the capital cities with day-long matches, 40 overs per team, and 20/20 matches.”


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