Grafton’s Kara Sutherland (centre) separates West Indian cricketing legends Brian Lara (left) and Vivian Richards (right) after their invitational match over the weekend.
Grafton’s Kara Sutherland (centre) separates West Indian cricketing legends Brian Lara (left) and Vivian Richards (right) after their invitational match over the weekend. Contributed

Kara hit for 6 by Windies stars Viv Richards and Brian Lara

KARA Sutherland knows there is only one thing to do with the photo of herself and two of the greatest cricket players to have ever graced a wicket.

"It's going straight to the pool room,'' the star female cricketer said.

"I'm still finding it hard to believe that I actually got to play cricket with them.

"It was amazing."

Brian Lara scored 11,953 test runs for the West Indies, with a high score of 400 not out against England in 2004.

Sir Vivian Richards chalked up 8540 test runs and is widely regarded as the most devastating batsmen to have ever wielded the willow.

And now Sutherland, a 21 year-old from Grafton, can lay claim to having bowled to both.

"I can remember watching many of these players when I was growing up, so it's a real dream come true,'' she said.

"To play alongside Adam Gilchrist and Damien Martyn was mind-blowing."

But Sutherland was no star-struck fan as she steamed in to open the bowling for the Wollongong University XI against the Bradman World XI.

Each year a female cricketer is invited to play and Kara was asked to play as she is the 2012 Bradman Scholar.

The annual scholarship is offered to one Australian University student who has a high level of participation in the sport of cricket and shows a high level of academic, sporting, personal and social skills. And just to drop another name, former Prime Minister John Howard is on the interviewing panel.

"Carl Hooper hit me for six. He hit it amazingly well and at the end of the over I apologised to Gilly (Gilchrist)," Sutherland said.

"He said there was no need to apologise, and that it was 'Classic Carl Hooper'.

"I remember watching Gilly almost breaking Viv Richards record (for fastest test century) and to stand on the same field as those guys was a dream come true."

Sutherland will strap the pads on against Western Australia for the NSW Breakers at Blacktown, Sydney this weekend.

But the all-rounder admits it has been hard getting a look in in her talented squad.

"Our NSW team has won six from six and we are on top of both tables,'' she said.

"I haven't had to do much because our team has been doing so well.

"I bat at six, and I've only had to go in three times. I've also only bowled about five overs in the six matches, but I'm pretty happy just to be in the squad."



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