Jasmine Nevins would dearly love to follow in the footsteps of her cricket hero Tayla Vlaeminck and play for Australia.
The Kangaroo Flat cricketer is doing everything she can to improve her game.
Nevins made the most of an opportunity to play with and against some of the best young female players in the country last weekend.
Nevins was selected to play for the Lanning XI against the Perry XI in three Twenty20 matches in Canberra.
Used as development games for potential Women's Big Bash League and Australian players, the Lanning XI-Perry XI weekend was a great experience for the 16-year-old all-rounder.
"It was incredible. I learned so much in the short time I was there under some of the best pathway coaches in Australia,'' she said..
Nevins made her mark with the ball in game one, taking 2-12 off three overs to help the Lanning XI to a 14-run win.
Nevins didn't bowl in game two, was wicketless in game three and made six not out in the latter overs of the innings.
"Some of the Brisbane Heat girls from the WBBL were playing and they were good to tap into for knowledge,'' she said.
"It was great to talk to them and think about that it could be me playing with them one day possibly."
Nevins plays under-16 cricket for the Roos in the BDCA each Saturday and spends every Sunday in Melbourne representing Plenty Valley in the Women's Premier Cricket competition.
"I loved the game as a young kid and was always playing cricket with the boys at school,'' Nevins said.
"I still love the game and I just want to keep getting better."
Nevins said she's been lucky to have some great junior coaches to help improve her game.
"My junior coaches at Kangaroo Flat - Rod Wight, Neil Browell and Brett Scholes - have been great to me,'' Nevins said.
"I did some training with Barry Findlay and he's helped develop my game. I owe him a lot."
Tayla Vlaeminck is one of Nevins' team-mates at Plenty Valley.
"Tayla's been a great help to me, particularly in club cricket in Melbourne,'' Nevins said.
"She's an inspiration, particularly to country players because she's showed that you can get to that (international) level."
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