Rising cricket star
Thursday, 28th January, 2016
By Patrick Reincke
Former local and rising cricket young gun Makinley Blows’ 2016 is off to a fantastic start.
Following her impressive performances in the VicSpirit U18 Female State Champs, where she cracked 152 not out in a T20 game, Makinley is now an U18 National Champion.
Playing for Victoria in her fifth carnival, her side prevailed against NSW Metropolitan to win the 2016 U18 National Championships.
The side had previously lost the past four finals to NSW Metro but in 2016, Victoria was able to break the hoodoo and snap their rival’s 11-year winning streak.
“It was unbelievable,” she said.
“It was the most amazing feeling.
“To finally get the win after losing four straight times, we were ecstatic.”
Makinley had yet another good carnival with both bat and ball.
With bat in hand, the opener totalled 205 runs from her eight matches, averaged 25.63, notched up a high score of 37 and smashed 22 4s over the course of the carnival.
She finished second overall for the championship behind teammate and Melbourne Renegades listed player Sophie Molineux.
With her bowling, Makinley bowled nine overs and took three wickets and finished with an economy rate of 4.00.
In the final, she made a respectable 29 to set her side’s innings up before getting out.
Molieneux made 59 with the side finishing their 50 overs with 183 runs.
NSW Metro didn’t get off to the start they wanted and suffered the consequences.
Georgia Wareham, another Renegades listed player, inflicted damage on the batting order with her leg spin which ultimately saw the side all out for just 124 runs.
Makinley’s father Mark said he was proud about his daughter’s win.
“She has worked exceptionally hard and put in a lot of time over the years,” he said.
“I’m very proud of her efforts.
“I think, being around the international girls and playing with them really helped her development.”
Makinley has now been selected, along with 21 other Under 18 female cricketers to attend the Cricket Australia U18 Talent Camp in Brisbane in September.
The group will get to train in the same facilities as the Australian Cricket team and even meet and learn from the coach of the Australian Women’s team.
“It’s going to be a great experience,” Makinley said.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Between now and then, Makinley draws her attention onto the finals of the VicSpirit U18 Female State Champs next month.
“I’m really excited,” she said.
“We get to play on the MCG which is brilliant.
“Hopefully, I can get some runs on the board and we can get the win.”
After that, she will look toward her studies at Uni and playing for a Victorian Premier League side.
Her ultimate goal this year will be to go from development rookie with the Melbourne Renegades to a contracted player.