AN invitation to an Australian cricket talent camp capped off a strong national under 18 championships campaign for silver medallist Rosie Wynd.
The Port Fairy teenager will train at the Brisbane high performance centre after bowling talent scouts over with her efforts at the Tasmanian-based titles as a bottom-age off-spin prospect.
Wynd, 15, took 13 wickets for a Cricket Australia XI at an average of 6.8, including two hauls of four and 2-29 in the grand final on Tuesday.
She only batted three times, but made nine down the order in the decider loss to New South Wales Metro.
“I wasn’t expecting to take as many wickets as I did, so that was pleasing,” Wynd said.
“I was pretty happy (with my batting in the final).
“The situation wasn’t very good but I tried my best and put on a few runs at the end.
“I am working on my batting quite a bit at training but bowling is what I prefer to do.”
Wynd, who is still eligible for two more under 18 campaigns, believes she adapted to the higher age level well.
“I am very much looking forward to the next two years in the under 18s, so hopefully I can do as well as I did this year or maybe even better,” she said.
Wynd said the Cricket Australia XI – a side comprising promising under 15 graduates – was shocked to medal at the titles.
“It was a bit of a surprise. I wasn’t expecting for us to get that far at the start of the week, so it was a good result,” she said.
Cricket Australia picked the invitational XI after a talent camp in Brisbane in September – the same program Wynd will be involved in at under 18 level next year.
“From last year’s under 15 nationals in Hobart, a squad of 24 was selected to go to Brisbane to do a training camp and from there they picked 13 to play in (the under 18 titles),” she said.
A call up to the under 18 camp, to be run in 2017, shocked Wynd.
“I wasn’t expecting to make that team...I was hoping to,” she said.
Wynd plays in Warrnambool and District Cricket Association division two ranks for Port Fairy and division one Victorian Premier Women’s Cricket for Prahran.
The Emmanuel College student, who lives in Port Fairy, plays locally on Saturdays before travelling to Melbourne on Sundays.
But she is happy to juggle both commitments.
“Playing division two Pirates is going well, I really enjoy that,” Wynd said.
“It’s a good level of cricket to play and they’re a great bunch of guys to play with.”
Mortlake cricketer Georgia Wareham made 142 runs at 23.7 and took 10 wickets at 15.7 for the Victorian team which finished fourth.
Wareham will also attend the Brisbane camp.