Bats stars make squads

Jasmin Nevins. Picture Mark Wilson

Tara Murray

A trio of Plenty Valley players has been named in the Cricket Victoria under-19 female emerging performance squad.

With face-to-face training not possible in recent months, Cricket Victoria has offered almost 40 virtual training sessions to its under-age emerging performance squads.

Grace Jones and Jasmine Nevins have both been named in the country squad, while Simran Gandhi has been named in the metro squad.

All three were key players for the Bats Victorian Premier Cricket side.

The under-19 female squad has benefited from insights provided by Australian players including Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham and Annabel Sutherland, current Victorian squad members including Makinley Blows and Nicole Faltum as well as decorated past players including Michael Beer and Damien Fleming.

Duncan Harrison, who is the head coach of the female development program, said the players had already benefited from being part of the squad.

He said they were hoping to get in some face-to-face training when it was allowed ahead of the national championships which will hopefully take place in April next year.

The squad was one of four recently announced by Cricket Victoria, with the under-19 boys, under-16 girls and under-17 boys emerging player squads also named.

Essendon player Bronson Hill has been named in the under-19 boys program.

Hill, who comes from Bundoora Park, has been part of the Northern Falcons program at Youth Premier League level.

In the under-16 girls, Plenty Valley’s Siena Ferrara has been named in the metro squad.

Holly Nagpal, who played for Greenvale Kangaroos last season, is another to take that next step. She will play with premier team Essendon Maribyrnong Park this season.

April Darkin, who has played for the Northern Falcons, and North West Wizards stars Lily Pelosi, Samohn Hereora, Alice O’Brien and Claudia O’Neill are also in the under-16 metro squad.

Greenvale Kangaroos’ Coby Fitzsimmons and Bradman Constable have been named in the under-17 squad.

Mernda’s Kai Turner will also get his chance to impress in the squad.