KINGAROY'S Holly Ferling has continued her blossoming cricket career by utilising her pace bowling for the green and gold.
The 16-year-old pace woman was part of the Australian Shooting Stars team (Australia A) that defeated the New Zealand Emerging Players squad in last month's one-day series in Blacktown, Sydney.
Ferling claimed her first wickets on home soil for Australia after taking 2/23 in Australia's dominant 184 run win in the third one-dayer of the series. The young fast bowler continued her blistering pace in the fourth and final one dayer of the series, taking 2/25 off her seven overs as the Shooting Stars wrapped up a 3-0 series win after one washout.
Ferling said her spell in the fourth game was the quickest of her career.
"In the fourth game I bowled too many extras, but I was bowling really quick and I felt it was the quickest I had ever bowled," she said.
Ferling said the Sydney series was a memorable one, and not just for her bowling performances.
"I really enjoyed it and it was such a great team environment and we were enjoying each other's successes," she said.
"And it was really exciting to get my first wicket in Australia for the Shooting Stars, which was an LBW."
The Kingaroy State High School student's efforts for both the Shooting Stars and the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire women's team have seen her selected in the preliminary 30-player squad for February's ICC Women's World Cup in India.
Ferling said her goal was to play for the Australian Southern Stars women's team in the 2014/15 season and to make the World Cup team.