Talented youngster Ruby James from the West Wimmera Cricket Club has been selected as a bottom-age player to represent western Victoria at the All Star Youth Super Series in March.
James will head down to Geelong for several matches against sides representing western Melbourne, eastern Melbourne and eastern Victoria across two weekends.
West Wimmera’s Shanaye Alexander has also been selected to travel to the Super Series as a scorer for the under-14 boys team.
James said it was an exciting opportunity to continue furthering her cricket.
“I’m really happy to be picked, it’s another step forward for me to keep improving,” James said.
“It is a lot of fun, especially going away with girls you don’t know to well. It’s good to have a different mix of girls around and seeing their ability.
“And to play against just girls rather than the boys as well.”
James was selected for the side after a stellar performance at the Youth Premier League tournament in January.
James, 14, was playing with the under-17s Western Waves team for the first time and impressed selectors with 10 wickets at the tournament.
James said she fought through some early disappointment to have a good tournament.
“I felt like a had a few rough games on the first day, I wasn’t in a good headspace there,” James said.
“I wasn’t bowling well and I was putting myself down because I wasn’t getting there.
“But in the second game I got a wicket and that really built me up for the rest of the week.”
James has also stepped-up into playing senior cricket with the West Wimmera Warriors in Horsham Cricket Association B Grade this season.
James said she is just hoping to keep improving her cricket moving forward.
“I want to see how far I can get with cricket,” she said.
“I was in an under-15s Vic Academy last year and I just missed out on the team, but I’ve developed a huge amount from there.”