ONE of Germany’s hottest sporting prospects, a Tynedale teenager has proved a record breaker.

Emma Bargna (15) has made history in the country by becoming the first person to take five wickets in a Twenty20 game for a senior German team - both in the ladies and men’s form of the game.

The youngster, who grew up in Wylam after being born in Germany, has long been tipped for great things in the sport.

And her promise was recognised earlier this year when she was named Germany U23’s bowler of the year and captain of the year, in addition to picking up the award for being named Germany’s young cricketer of the year.

Emma made her senior international debut for Germany ladies last year, and she has more than repaid the faith shown in her with her excellent performances this week.

ICC ladies’ cricket returned for the first time since the pandemic last week, with Ema involved in a five-match T20 series at the Seebarn Cricket Ground in Vienna as Germany travelled to opponents Austria.

The former Wylam resident was asked to open the bowling for German in four of the five games - she missed out the third game as she was rested because of injury.

It was a whitewash for Germany as they romped to a 5-0 series success.

Emma impressed throughout and, over the four games, her bowling figures accumulatively stood at 10-36, from a total of 15 overs.

Her 5-9 from 24 balls in the second game put her in the history books as no other bowler, whether male or female, has taken five wickets for Germany in the 20 over format of the game.

Her other figures from the games stood at 3-13, 1-11 and 1-3.

Emma’s progress in the sport has been rapid after she started out playing for Wylam’s women’s team alongside her mother Claire.

They both went on to play together at the Bavarian Cricket Academy on the family’s return to Germany for work purposes.

Emma quickly made a name for herself and her impressive performances, particularly with the ball, means she is now a regular in the German national senior side.