Jessie Mudaliar to play cricket nationals

National contenders: Jessie Mudaliar and Jade Allen talk tactics during a 57-run partnership for Country Thunder.
National contenders: Jessie Mudaliar and Jade Allen talk tactics during a 57-run partnership for Country Thunder.

Eden’s Jessie Mudaliar and Cobargo’s Jade Allen have both been named in the ACT/NSW Country under 15s cricket side. 

Meanwhile, Wolumla cricketer Janet King has been offered an invite to the under 18s camp without a team selection at this point in time. 

Cricket NSW Female Talent Manager of High Performance, Steve Jenkin, said that both the 18s and 15s squads will hold centralised training camps during the upcoming off-season before each team departs for their respective National Championships.

“ACT/NSW Country teams will be selected at the completion of the Country Championships to be held in Raymond Terrace during the second week of the October school holidays,” said Jenkin.  

The 15s are a new-look roster, retaining just two players from the previous championship. 

Mudaliar and Allen are two of the handy pick-ups. 

Jenkin said Allen was an integral part of the NSW Metro side at the Under 15 national titles last season. She was second leading wicket-taker at the championships and claimed 12 wickets at 14.08 including best figures of 5-30.

Meanwhile, Jessie was picked on her super all-round skills, proving capable with both bat and ball during the State Challenge selection trials in April. 

Jessie finished top 10 in the run scorers with 36 runs at 12, while also returning some good figures with the ball. 

During a stint in the state challenge she took 1/35 off eight overs. 

Mudaliar also holds the Far South Coast association record as the first female player to take an A grade wicket, while also boasting a good indoor cricket resume.

Officials said the two girls add plenty of spark and versatility after already combining well as players in the Country Thunder outfit, where they built a 57-run partnership against the Sixers. 

The team is an extended squad, which will be trimmed down in September ahead of the nationals. 

The two are looking to continue working on their skills in the hopes of locking in a spot for the final roster.