The Ballarat Bolts community cricket north-west A one-day grand final winning side is set for the future with half of its three senior teams consisting of junior players.
Of the six batters that contributed to the 166 runs on Sunday, four were under 18.
The best of those was Sara Kennedy, who top scored with 57 off of 90 balls.
She also made a run-out, took a catch and produced 5-2 bowling figures.
Emily McNeight and Nicole Edwards were the two adult players that batted, making 42 and six respectively on the day.
Bolts president Jenna Fowlie said that six players of the premiership winning side were under 18. For the club as a whole, juniors make up half of the club's numbers, which consists of three senior teams.
Amelia Brown said having a group of juniors developing together is fantastic.
"It's really fun. It makes it such a light, fun experience even at training and games. It means that even in serious moments you can always rely on that there will be girls to make you relax a little bit more," she said.
Sara Kennedy said the club and its more experienced players have been great for her development as well as her teammates.
"They're such a good club, I think everyones cricket improves so much because they're around such a good group of girls who really encourage everyone to be their best and play their best," she said.
Teammate Annabelle Moloney added that the culture the club has built is a big reason for its success.
"It's all about inclusion and trying our best and having fun whilst doing that. It's really highlighted that having fun does help you play better," she said.
As it stands, Fowlie said female juniors play cricket in the Ballarat Cricket Association with their home clubs however, the Bolts is the only club in Ballarat to play senior women's cricket at.
She said it's great to be able to provide a pathway for women's cricket to the premier level in Melbourne and beyond, that wasn't previously available.
For someone like Kennedy, who is hoping to play premier cricket next season, the Bolts is where it starts.
She would be the fourth Bolts player to transition into premier cricket full-time.
She said it's rewarding knowing that the pathway is there if that's the avenue players want to take.
"I think it's really good, now if you go around people know the Bolts, people know that if they want to really take their cricket to another level they can go and play with the Bolts and that they will provide those opportunities for them," she said.
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