Vlaeminck goes head-to-head with Aussie stars

ON THE RISE: Tayla Vlaeminck in action for the VicSpirit against the ACT Meteors in Canberra on Friday. Picture: FAIRFAX MEDIA

ON THE RISE: Tayla Vlaeminck in action for the VicSpirit against the ACT Meteors in Canberra on Friday. Picture: FAIRFAX MEDIA

There’s no better experience for an up-and-coming athlete than competing against the best.

Bendigo teenager Tayla Vlaeminck had that experience on Sunday when she opened the bowling for the VicSpirit against New South Wales in the Women’s National Cricket League.

The New South Wales side boasted a world-class top four batting line-up of Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Alex Blackwell and Ellyse Perry. The quality of the line-up combined with batting friendly conditions at Bankstown Oval in Sydney made life tough for the young VicSpirit side.

NSW posted 9-302 off 50 overs, with Haynes making 83, Blackwell 77, Healy 68 and Perry 30.

After taking two wickets on debut on Friday night against the ACT, Vlaeminck finished with the figures of 0-59 off seven overs and took two smart catches to dismiss Healy and Perry.

The VicSpirit made 7-212 in reply, with Vlaeminck not required to bat.

Victoria’s next game is on November 25 at the MCG against Tasmania.