Fast-bowler Tayla Vlaeminck has led Australia's Under 19s team to their first series win defeating South Africa Emerging Players by 21 runs in the Emerging Women Tri-Series Final.
Australia was defending a 192 run total and got off to the best possible bowling start with Vlaeminck removing the experienced Lara Goodall on her first ball before she found her second wicket a few overs later.
South Africa staged a fightback as Nadine de Klerk and Sinalo Jafta combined for a 69-run partnership but Georgia Wareham got a wicket off Jafta as Vlaemick claimed her third.
South Africa was 6-158 and needed 35 runs to win.
Vlaeminck got her third, four and sixth not long after as she handed Australia a 21-run win.
Throughout the series, which was the team inaugural overseas tour, they only lost two out of the seven games.
Coach Leah Poulton said the tour achieved its objectives and highlighted the importance of the under-19 age group within the player pathway.
“Our objective was to come away and give an overseas experience to some talented young cricketers, put them out of their comfort zone and give them a number of challenges in terms of opposition, conditions and then experiencing touring life,” said Poulton.
“It’s part of our identification system, we’ve got a pretty comprehensive pathway structure at home as well, so this is another element of quite a large system that we roll out for our young players.
"I think the pathway structure is really important for Cricket Australia in terms of maintaining Australia’s dominance moving forward,” he said.