CRICKETERS have been bowled over by the talents of a rising star.
Amy Hearn, 15, is making a name for herself at Whitburn Cricket Club with a string of eye-catching performances.
The Whitburn Church of England Academy pupil was the star of for Durham Cricket Board’s under-15 girls in a local derby against Northumberland this summer, finishing with the amazing bowling figures of seven wickets for just five runs, in 3.4 overs.
Amy, of South Bents, started playing cricket at the age of 13, after watching younger brother Elliott play for the under-11s.
She currently plays for Whitburn under-15s, Whitburn Thirds Sunday team, and sometimes the under-18s.
She also represents Durham at both under-15 and under-17 level, and has been invited to train with the county’s senior ladies team. Amy’s main strength is bowling, but she is also working hard on her batting.
Her father, Whitburn Cricket Club coach Trevor Hearn, said: “What I would say about Amy is that she always approaches everything with 100 per cent enthusiasm.
“However, her interest and determination to succeed on the cricket field now takes priority over everything else in her life.
“Central to that is her love for Whitburn Cricket Club, from helping out behind the bar, to being the regular scorer for both the first team and under-13s.
“She comes along to support the under-11s matches, where I take the team, and who my youngest son Fin plays for, and will help out with the training when needed.”
Amy recently raised £412 for Whitburn Cricket Club by taking part in a zip-wire from the top of the Stadium of Light, across the River Wear.
The money has been used to buy electronic scoring aids which are used by all the club’s teams.
Amy’s amazing performance in Durham colours came in the ECB Women’s U15 County Championship against Northumberland at Whickham CC.
After her side managed to score 199-6 after 40 overs, she tore the opposition to shreds with her 7-5 haul with the ball as they were bowled out for just 44.
Her efforts have helped Durham Cricket Board Under-15s maintain a 100 per cent record of five wins out of five and stay top of the ECB Under-15s development table ahead of Cumbria, Lancashire and Northumberland.
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