King selected for Vic Country

Liam Durkin

YOUNG Sale cricketer Meika King has won selection in the Victorian Country under 18s side, and will travel to Bendigo for the national championships in the new year.

The daughter of former Victorian quick bowler Nathan King, the 15-year-old is the youngest member of the side, and the only squad member from Gippsland.

“On Wednesdays we train at the Junction Oval, so there is a fair bit of travel back and forth from Sale,” King said.

Having taken up cricket at age nine, King, who also plays at club level for Collegians and the Sale-Maffra association’s women’s side, said she was looking forward to putting her best foot forward at the championships.

“Traditionally Victoria has performed well at these events, and we will be aiming to do the same,” she said.

The Catholic College Sale student still finds time to play other sports, as well as the odd game with her dad for Collegians.

“These days he just keeps and bats down the order, while I bowl a bit of medium pace,” she said.

King’s selection in the state under 18 side adds to her list of accomplishments, with the talented sportswoman also having previously represented Gippsland Pride for the past few years, as well as the state under 14 indoor cricket team.

King pointed to Australian spinner and former Bairnsdale resident Sophie Molineux as a good example of a country player making it to the big stage, as well as superstar all rounder Ellyse Perry as inspiration.