Molly Armstrong's impressive cricket resume continues to improve, after being selected in the Cricket NSW Central Northern Female Academy.
Armstrong represented Central North on two occasions in 2019, first at the under-15 women's Country Championships in October before claiming the Central North co-best and fairest at the inaugural under-13 Country Championships in December.
She is one of 25 players selected in the squad, ranging from 12 to 19-years-old.
Head coach Luke Knight said from that squad, they will be filtering a Northern Inland regional academy as well as a Hunter Valley regional academy.
"In years gone by the girls have just become one squad. This year given we've had an increase in numbers, we've now decided to put in regional academies," he said.
The squad will take part in six training sessions from now until the Country Championships in October.
The under-16s will work on all skills, including batting, bowling, fielding and catching while the under-19s are more focused on honing their skills in the discipline they have chosen, whether it be batting or bowling.
"We've cut back obviously due to COVID. We normally have regional sessions in each zone, this year we're down to six," Knight said.
An under-16s and under-19s team will be picked to compete in the Country Championships, taking on the other zones in the state, including North Coast, Illawarra, Newcastle and Central Coast.
Knight said there COVID-19 makes things a little more difficult, but at this stage everything is going ahead as planned.
"It's a little bit of an unknown," he said.
"We've had a look at some session plans, how we're going to run those. It's going to be hard to do. Hopefully we don't get an outburst and things go backwards.
"If things get worse we may go into lockdown....at this stage it's full steam ahead."
The first session will be held this Saturday, August 27.
"There's some talented girls. Some of these girls have been in the squad for a number of years," Knight said.
"State representatives, state challenge representatives...Central North women's cricket looks pretty good."