CRICKET Victoria has included talented Bendigo juniors Tayla Vlaeminck and Kate Douglass in regional squads for its annual Metro v Country challenges.
Fast bowler Vlaeminck - who represented her state at the Australian under-15 carnival last summer - has been named to play for Vic Country at under-18 level.
She will take part in three Twenty20 games and a 50-over match from September 30 to October 2.
Vlaeminck, from Strathdale Maristians and Plenty Valley cricket clubs, will line up alongside two other up-and-coming central Victorians.
Baringhup all-rounder Kate Kile and Katandra rising star Hope Irvine have both previously donned the Big V and will be aiming to produce more strong performances.
The local region is also well represented in Vic Country’s under-15 squad, which will battle the Metro girls in two Twenty20s and a 40-over match on October 1 and 2.
It includes Bendigo CC young gun Douglass, who made her Victorian debut at the national 12-and-under schoolgirl titles in January.
Multi-gifted sports star Choney Meemusour, from Guildford Cricket Club, is one of several left-arm quicks in the group.
She was part of the Central Highlands team that won the state under-14 championship grand final this year and recently represented her state on the football field.
Gisborne cricketer Bianca McKay has also been chosen to play for Vic Country.
Vic under-15 coach John Hayes said the wealth of talent available meant there were “exciting times ahead for female cricket in Victoria”.
Both series will be used to finalise Victoria's teams for the 2015 national titles.