A TYNEDALE teenager continues to bowl over her opponents overseas.

Emma Bargna (15), who was born in Germany but grew up in Tynedale, is a hot prospect in German cricket and recent awards proved this is the case.

While aged just 15, she was named Germany U23’s bowler of the year and captain of the year.

In addition, Emma was also crowned Germany’s young cricketer of the year for 2019.

It has been a remarkable 12 months for Emma who was selected to play for the German senior ladies’ cricket team in February.

She travelled with the squad, coached by former Northumberland county player Michael Thewlis, to play a four-match Twenty20 series at the Oman Cricket Academy in Al Amerat, near Muscat.

Emma was chosen to play in three of the four matches despite having broken a finger in training just two weeks beforehand.

The youngster contributed to a 4-0 whitewash for Germany.

It is just the latest in a long list of achievements in the sport for Emma who made her international debut for the senior team last year.

She started out playing for Wylam’s women’s cricket team alongside her mother Claire, and the two went on to play together at the Bavarian Cricket Academy when the family moved back to Munich for work purposes.

She quickly rose through the ranks and is a regular for the national senior side,

While Emma has made great strides in the game, things have not been as plain sailing as they could have been as cricket is still not a mainstream sport in Germany.

The German team plays on wickets made out of artificial grass, or woodchip with coconut matting, which means spinning the ball is not an option.

In addition to Thewlis’ role as head coach, there is another connection to the German team and Northumberland as Monika Loveday, a former South Northumberland player, is team manager and vice-president of the German Cricket Association.