Western Zone's record of producing top talent is already well known, but it was on show in a big way during the Women's Big Bash (WBBL|07) competition.
Bathurst talent Lisa Griffith was part of the Perth Scorchers side which won the title on Saturday night, defeating the Adelaide Strikers by 12 runs.
On top of that, Orange gun Phoebe Litchfield was named the WBBL|07 'Young Gun' award winner as she continued to shine while Dubbo junior Emma Hughes again featured for the Sydney Sixers this season and Cowra product Amy Edgar made her Scorchers debut this season.
Edgar wasn't part of the 11 in the final, but Griffith was and she was able to savour title glory in her first season with the Scorchers after previously representing the Sydney Thunder.
Griffith wasn't needed with the bat as the Scorchers posted 5/146 while she took a catch and finished with 0/7 from one over as the Perth side restricted the Strikers to 6/134.
South African Marizanne Kapp was the hero for the Scorchers, making a crucial 31 off 23 before starring with the new ball on the way to finishing with 1/25.
It was even more impressive given the all-rounder had been confined to her hotel room for most of the week due to illness.
"On Monday, when we travelled back from Adelaide I already wasn't feeling too great," Kapp said after the win.
"I woke up the next morning and I was so sick. For the last three days I was so sick and I didn't move out of my room.
"I knew today was going to be really tough, especially with the heat as well.
"After the batting, I felt like I was going to pass out, I didn't feel well at all, but at the end of the day it was worth it.
For Litchfield, a move up the order was key as the teenager produced another fantastic performance with the bat in WBBL|07.
The 'Young Gun' award is given to the best player under 21 years of age, as selected by Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel.
The 18-year-old Litchfield juggled her NSW Higher School Certificate commitments throughout the campaign while starring at number three in an injury-hit Thunder outfit, scoring 263 runs in the tournament.
Previous winners of the award are Darcie Brown, Hannah Darlington, Georgia Wareham, Sophie Molineux, Ashleigh Gardner and Lauren Cheatle.
"It means a lot to be recognised with this award. It's a surprise, to be honest. I could think of a number of other young players who would be deserving of this award, which is really exciting for the future," the Orange prodigy said.
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