She may only be just 15-years-old, but Amali McNeill's cricketing future is already looking very bright.
Not only is the young sports star making waves locally on the field, but she has been selected to travel to the United Kingdom in July as part of the Girls Junior Invitational Cricket development tour.
Originally a soccer player, Amali decided to pick up the cricket bat thanks to a teacher and her mother, who was a talented player during her years at Wellington High School.
Amali attended her first Western cricket trials while in primary school and to her surprise did very well, which spurred her on to continue playing.
In February she was a part of the victorious Western side in the NSW CHS Girls Cricket Championships.
Earlier that month, Amali played in Indigenous Cricket Imparja Cup Carnival at Alice Springs and played against former Wellington local and renowned cricketer Sally Moylan.
"She's really nice... we played her and was great to play against. Sally was very hard to get out," Amali said.
"It was a really great experience up there..."
In December 2019, Amali was lucky enough to play with the Sydney Thunder.
The young cricketer was also lucky enough to meet former Wellington local and current Sydney Thunder player Sara Darney.
"I was on a plane trip with her and we spoke about cricket the whole time," Amali said.
Despite all of her commitments across the country, Amali still has time for her local cricket team in Dubbo, where she travels to every week with her mother for training.
Amali is very thankful to have cricket in her life, especially since she has been able to meet so many wonderful people.
"I'm very glad I met those people because they have pushed me to do more and more cricket," she said.
Now she is gearing up for the European trip in early July, which she received an invitation for during Term 4 in 2019.
Amali said she was very excited to be selected to attend the nearly three week cricket tour, which will see her travel to the United Kingdom and France.
"I was a it nervous because I didn't know anyone else going, but once I realised that I did know some of the other girls I was feeling more comfortable about it," she explained.
To keep her skills progressing before the tour the keen batter has invested in a bowling machine and often practices with her father at the Rygate Park cricket nets.
"And if I'm ever home I'll go out and bowl at the backyard fence," Amali added
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help cover some financial costs for Amali to attend the European cricket tour.
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