Wednesday 28 March 2007 

England Selectors Have Their Eye On Cross

Lancashire’s Academy player, Kathryn Cross has been selected to represent the North of England in the ECB’s Super Fours Tournament.

The Super Fours is a forum where the best 48 female players in England compete in a series of Twenty20 and Limited Over matches to push for selection in the England Team. The tournament’s format was devised in 2001 and its aim was to bridge the gap between women’s domestic cricket and the international arena.

At the age of 15, Kathryn will be the youngest player representing the “Sapphires”, which is the team made up of the elite players from the north of the country.

The venue/s for these matches are still to be determined, but the dates are as follows;

Twenty20 matches 28th May, 2007

Limited Over matches 2nd, 3rd, 16th and 23rd June

Lancashire’s Academy Director, John Stanworth says: “Kathryn’s selection is recognition of her performances last year and the enormous potential she continues to show. It is also reward for the entire club, who four years ago formed the Academy whose aim was to identify and coach the next Lancashire and England representatives. Kathryn was spotted three seasons ago by the LCB (Lancashire Cricket Board), whose coaches worked closely with her to ensure she had the skills and attributes to gain selection in the Lancashire Academy. Kathryn achieved this target in November 2006 and in doing so, became the first female to be giving a place – hopefully the first of many.”

Kathryn Cross Fact File

DOB: 3/10/91

Right hand bat/Right-arm medium/fast bowler

Club: Heywood

League: Central Lancs

Fact: Her father is former soccer star David Cross whose clubs included Manchester City and Rochdale.