Ashley picked for NSW squad

BUDDING cricket star Ashley Day will show her skills when she plays for NSW next month.

Ashley, a member of the Colyton-St Clair Colts Cricket Club, has been selected for the under-15 NSW Girls' Cricket Team for the National Championships in western Sydney over November and December.

She will join 12 young cricketers, including three from Penrith, in an attempt to break the team's five-year losing streak.

Ashley said that being chosen for the team was the highlight of her sporting career.

"It was a big surprise," she said.

"It was a bit more challenging with all the older girls trying to go for that one spot."

The team is being coached by veteran Lisa Sthalekar, who has played at a national level.

"It's inspiring because she's gone through all this as well, so it gives us inspiration that we can get to that level," Ashley said.

The intense training sessions cover fitness, batting and bowling drills and fielding.

The 14-year-old, a member of the NSW Cricket Academy, recently played on the winning City team in the NSW City v Country game.

She has also competed in a school cricket competition and has represented Sydney West.

She is passionate about the sport and hopes to one day to become a professional cricketer.

"I'll just keep trying out and do it to the best of my ability," she said.

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