Vlaeminck in Victorian squad

Tayla Vlaeminck with the Melbourne Renegades last summer.

Tayla Vlaeminck with the Melbourne Renegades last summer.

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.

Tayla Vlaeminck

Tayla Vlaeminck

The VicSpirit’s WNCL season starts on October 6, with an away game against the ACT.

VicSpirit squad:

Kristen Beams (captain)

Makinley Blows

Hayleigh Brennan

Nicole Faltum

Emma Inglis

Alana King

Meg Lanning

Anna Lanning

Sophie Molineux

Rhiann O’Donnell

Chloe Rafferty

Molly Strano (vice-captain)

Annabel Sutherland

Gemma Triscari

Tayla Vlaeminck

Georgia Wareham