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New Otago rep: Queenstowner Paige Loggenberg

By PHILIP CHANDLER

Paige Loggenberg’s that very rare Queenstown cricketer who ends up playing for Otago.

The 18-year-old all-rounder debuted for the Otago Sparks women’s side in Oamaru last
earlier this month, having been promoted after five players were unavailable.

She won selection after impressing for the Otago under-19 side at the recent women’s U19 tournament at Lincoln where she was the fourth-highest run-scorer with 214 runs at the highest batting average of 71.3.

Though she only made 11 on February 6, and didn’t get a bowl, her Queenstown coach
Emma Campbell — herself a former Otago and New Zealand rep — is thrilled she got
the nod after ‘‘chipping away’’ over the years.

‘‘She’s worked hard and it’s just awesome to see her rewarded.’’

With a limited pool of female players, she frequently plays in boys’ and even men’s sides — ‘‘she’s actually quite capable in that situation with that no-fear attitude’’, Campbell says.

She believes Loggenberg’s got real potential with both bat and ball.

‘‘With her batting she’s really patient, really technical — good classic cricket shots, but she can hit the ball with some power.

‘‘As a bowler, she’s got potential to come from that great height of hers, and bowl a heavy ball and get up there with a good pace.

‘‘She comes across like nothing really fazes her, and I’ve noticed she seems to be  working on her cricket more, I think she realises there are opportunities.’’

Whether Loggenberg, who’s off to uni this year, gets to play again for Otago this season depends on whether they make the 50-over final, which will be played in Queenstown late this month.

After its loss to Wellington Blaze, Otago sit second in the comp but could be
overtaken.

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