St Peter’s girl selected for boys’ U15 cricket team

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St Peter’s College pupil Harriett Cuttance (14) was named in the under-15 Southland Country boys’ cricket team this year.

Harriett, who enjoys batting the most, said she began her 2017 cricket season by joining the St Peter’s College mixed cricket team.

There were no trials to decide the team, although selectors were always watching, she said.

“They just sort of texted me and asked me to come .. the coaches had watched me play rep cricket before,” Harriett said.

Although she was the only girl named in the team, Harriett said she did not let it get to her.

“The boys don’t really seem to mind, I think they are fine with it. I don’t mind being the only girl.

“I would usually open batting in girls’ cricket, but with the boys I’m a bit later.”

Harriett, who said she was no stranger to a duck, said the boys were a bit more competitive.

“It’s a bit daunting really because you aren’t really meant to be playing in the team so you have to do well. Although at our last game we played against a team with two girls so that made things better.”

Harriett said she also made the Southland girls’ team and was named in the Otago girls’ cricket squad last week.

“We have trials this weekend and then we will find out if we are in the team next Tuesday.”

Harriett’s overall goal is to make the under-21 team one day and then play for the Otago Sparks.

Southland Country Cricket coach Graham Waddell said Harriett made the team on her own merit as a player.

“We did not just put her in there to be PC .. she got there on her own,” Mr Waddell said.

“She’s been picked as a bowler. She does like to bat but she really has a lot of potential as a bowler.”

Mr Waddell said Harriett got a wicket at the game against Otago Metro last weekend.

“She’s a very talented girl.”