Strathdale cricketer Tayla Vlaeminck has earned her first Victorian contract.
The Melbourne Renegades WBBL all-rounder is one of seven rookies named in the VicSpirit squad for this summer.
A Victorian representative at under-age level, 18-year-old Vlaeminck will take on Australia’s best players this summer in the Women’s National Cricket League.
“We’ve had a few changes this season and we wanted to give some of our young players an opportunity to learn from experienced players,’’ VicSpirit coach David Hemp said.
“The new players have been performing consistently well through the pathway and we want to reward that.
“I believe this group has what it takes to compete strongly in the WNCL, and I know they’re all itching to get back on the park and win the title for Victoria.”
Australian captain Meg Lanning has undergone shoulder surgery and will miss some of the season.
Kristen Beams will captain VicSpirit in Lanning’s absence.
The VicSpirit’s WNCL season starts on October 6, with an away game against the ACT.
Kristen Beams (captain)
Molly Strano (vice-captain)