An indoor Aussie

September 28, 2016

Moama’s Chloe Rafferty has made the Australian indoor cricket under 22 women’s team — and will play internationally 12 months after her junior World Cup appearance.

Chloe — and twin sister Paris — both year 11 students at St Joseph’s College in Echuca,  played for Victoria’s under 22 side at last week’s national championships in Melbourne.

While the Vics finished fifth of seven teams in the youth grade, the open women made it
back-to-back titles.

Even better was the fact Chloe’s selection in the Aussie side — set to play a four-game Trans-Tasman challenge series against New Zealand in Port Macquarie in September —
should double as a chance to push for a spot in the 2017 youth World Cup squad.

‘‘It was a shock,’’ Chloe said of her Australian call-up.

‘‘It was after only playing four games (at the nationals) but I was very happy with it.’’

Chloe said Victoria’s fifth position in the under 22 series was perhaps due to the team having one of the youngest line-ups, alongside South Australia.

‘‘It was all good fun,’’ she said.

‘‘I was playing with a bunch of girls my age and got to catch up with all the other states.’’

As for whether she’ll be considered on her strength with bat or ball, Chloe wasn’t sure as yet.

‘‘You have to do both to catch their (selectors’) eye,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m not sure what they saw in me.’’

The Australian under 22s will have four days of training ahead of the Kiwi series, which will be held concurrently with equivalent open matches for women and men and the under 22 boys.

The step up for Chloe and Paris came after good performances at last year’s junior nationals, held in Brisbane.

For those unfamiliar with the game, indoor cricket at the highest level includes 10-player squads with eight on the court.

Each team faces 16 overs in four sets of equal batting pairings.

All players on the court also bowl two overs apiece and any wickets that fall for the batting team cost them five runs.

The International Cricket Council has recently increased its interest in supporting the sport towards possible inclusion in either the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban, South Africa or the 2024 Summer Olympics (which could be in Rome, Paris, Budapest or Los Angeles).

Cricket Australia also raised the profile of the indoor game with this year’s forming of an indoor cricket Hall of Fame.

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