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Best result . . . Otago Under 15 cricketer Louisa Kotkamp (14) is rapt with her 13 wickets in six games, including a hat- trick, at the National Under 15 Girls Cricket tournament last year. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

One by one by one Louisa Kotkamp lined them up and picked them off. Howzat for a result bowler grabbed a hat-trick (three wickets from three balls) at the National Interprovincial Under-15 girls tournament, in Whanganui.

The dismissals differed though, made up of a lbw, caught behind and clean bowled.

“It was unreal – the girl bowling before me was close to it but she got a double and when I got it everyone was cheering.

“The straight one was great because she [the batter] was standing quite far down and I bowled it straight through.”

The 14-year-old said her approach was simple.

“I stayed calm and just tried to make the same line as the last one.”

Her success did not stop there: she went on to take 13 wickets in six games last week.

“I was bowling into the wind the whole time which was quite challenging, it changes things.”

She was named best bowler of the tournament and was named in the tournament team.

“It was in the last eight overs of the game, and we needed to win that game against Auckland to progress.”

Otago placed third at the tournament, beating Wellington, Northern Districts and Auckland twice.

It was the highest the team had ever placed at the tournament.

“I think we worked together more as a team with lots of encouragement.

“We were quite loud and cheered everything.”

It was her first time with the team, but she had loved cricket since she was 7 years old. Her first interaction was through her father, Ronny, who had previously played for Otago Country.

“It’s the enjoyment of hitting the balls, making the runs, getting the wickets, making friendships and growing my ability. I love it.”

Louisa now resides in Dunedin, attends Columba College plays for the first XI cricket team and in the premier for Kaikorai.

“It’s helped me develop a lot with lots of different opportunities, more games, different coaches and being with the older ones has helped me improve.”

Cricket is not the only thing that kept her busy: she is part of the Otago under-14 netball team, Otago under-15 hockey team and played volleyball for Columba too. She was Columba’s runner-up junior sports person of 2019. Now, she would return to Dunedin and focus on making the Otago under-15 team next season.