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By Steve Brown


Ever dreamt of taking a wicket at the MCG with your first ball? Well it happened last weekend for Knox Gardens under 13 cricketer Tess Flintoff. The talented Flintoff was given approval to participate in the Under 18 girls State-Wide Championships and performed well for the East Metro Region who progressed through to the T20 Grand Final against Mallee Murray Region at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


Mallee Murray won the toss and elected to bat first and struggled to 5/80 from their 20 overs. First change Flintoff picked up a wicket with her first delivery and had best match figures of 2/13 from 4 overs. East Metro cruised to victory without losing a wicket in the 14th over to claim their second title.


One of the highlights for the youngster was bowling to Mildura gun opening bat and Victorian U/18 representative, Makinley Blows who scored 152 in an innings during the championships. Blows is also a rookie for the Melbourne Renegades and is destined to play for Victoria.


Flintoff is the first female from the FTGDCA to play at the MCG and was well supported by a large contingent from Knox Gardens Cricket Club. Hopefully she hasn’t played her last game at the “G.”


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