Women's cricket star home in Ballina for some beach cricket
TALENTED leg-spinner Angela Reakes has ticked plenty of boxes on and off the field this season.
The 23-year-old played for NSW, travelled to Sri Lanka with Australia A last week and has just started a masters degree in exercise science.
Australia A beat Sri Lanka A in three of the four matches they played while she was on tour.
Her best performance came in the final 50-over match in Colombo where she finished unbeaten on 37 and took 4-6.
Reakes, originally from Knockrow, returned home at the weekend and was part of a NSW Cricket visit to the Ballina Surf Life Saving Club.
"Sri Lanka was really good and the wickets there are a lot different," she said.
"As a spinner I loved it; there was no fear or expectations going in.
"It's a good challenge not knowing what you're up against."
Reakes took part in the action as Ballina nippers took on Ballina junior cricketers in six-a-side beach bash games.
The surf club hopes to hold more beach cricket events next season.
Reakes was also able to play for North Coast at the NSW Country Championships last year.
She rates winning the carnival as a highlight of the season.
"I love playing for NSW and coming home to play with North Coast was great," Reakes said.
"To get a win at the Country Championships is really memorable.
"Sri Lanka was a lot different because it was more of a training camp.
"I just love playing cricket; it doesn't matter where it is."
NSW Breakers lost its semi-final in T20 this year but recorded its ninth straight win in the 50-over competition.
Reakes also played for the national Shooting Stars team against the top English women's side in a two-day match at Perth in January.