WHETHER she's batting, bowling or donning the keeper's gloves, all-rounder Kate Douglass has a handy strike rate.
Not too many cricketers are selected in a state team when they've barely played any club games, but this talented youngster has.
Kate will pull on the pads for Victoria at the School Sport Australia national 12-and-under cricket championships, to be played in Bendigo in January.
The Girton Grammar student was named in the girls' state team last month after four selection trials and said she was surprised to make it all the way through.
"One of the trials was at the MCG and I was almost too scared to get out of the car," she said.
The final squad was announced via a letter.
"Mum was cheeky - she put on a face that looked like I didn't get in, but when I read it I was so excited I jumped up in the air and started screaming and went over and hugged her."
Kate, 12, played club cricket in under-9s but has since concentrated on netball and basketball.
She returned to the crease this year, representing Northern Rivers at the under-14 state titles and lining up alongside the boys for inter-school cricket.
With state duties looming, she will play for Bendigo in the local under-13 competition this summer.