BENDIGO cricketer Tayla Vlaeminck has finished her maiden international tour in sparkling form, winning player of the match honours as Australia took a tri-series win in South Africa.
The Australians played emerging squads from England and South Africa in a series of T20 and one-day matches.
The 19-year-old opened the bowling on the tour after only being cleared to travel in the days leading up to departure.
But she made the most of her opportunity in the national colours, snaring two five-wicket hauls including an impressive 6/27 in the tri-series final.
Vlaeminck took a wicket within her opening two balls in each of Australia’s final two matches, including dismissing South Africa’s Lara Goodall with her first ball of the final.
She went on to claim another five scalps and player of the match honours in Australia’s 21-run win at Pretoria.
Vlaeminck also claimed 5/21 in an earlier win over South Africa at Pretoria.
Coach Leah Poulton said the tour achieved its objectives and highlighted the importance of the under-19 age group within the player pathway.