Kate Cross Shines In Lancashire League
England pacer Kate Cross who became the first woman to play in the Central Lancashire League continues to put up impressive performances in the tournament.
Having returned impressive figures of 3-19 on her debut, Cross went one step further over the weekend as she snared an incredible eight-wicket haul for Heywood Cricket Club’s first XI against Unsworth.
Cross’s astonishing figures of 8-47 meant that Unsworth were bundled out for a meager total of 121 as Heywood Cricket Club cantered to a six-wicket win.
While Kate starred with the ball for Heywood, it was her brother Bobby who shone with the willow as he top-scored with 63 to lead his side home.
With 14 wickets to her name already, Cross is currently the leading wicket-taker for Heywood in the league.
A vital cog in England’s attack for the Women’s Ashes in July, Cross has come in for praises from all quarters in the social media as well as from former cricketers.
Former England woman cricketer Ebony Rainsford-Brent opined that Kate’s skills ensured a bright future for the 23-year-old.
Dwelling on Kate’s personality, Brent feels that the young pacer’s attitude to the game will hold her in good stead for the future.
“I think Kate’s set for a brilliant career, and I don’t see why she can’t captain England in the future,” Rainsford-Brent told the Manchester Evening News.
“I knew her coming up through the ranks, and she always had a bit about her, not just her bowling skill but personality and character too.”
Recollecting her memories of Kate’s performances in the 2014 Ashes series, Brent sounded impressed at what she saw of the youngster.
Kate’s immaculate ability to perform under pressure is what makes her a different bowler from her peers according to Brent.
“What was brilliant was the way she stepped up in the Ashes last year.
“She came on board, and there were times when I thought she looked better than any of the bowlers with more experience.
“She’s just got this ability to take wickets, and the way she’s cemented herself in the squad shows what sort of character she is.”
Reflecting on her achievement of being the first woman to play in the league, Kate seemed immensely proud of her achievement.
Kate hopes to consolidate on her short stint at Heywood by putting up consistent performances in the upcoming games.
"I never thought I would get the chance to play for the first team at Heywood, the club in which I grew up and learnt my cricket," Cross said at the time.
“I’m extremely proud to be the first girl to play in our league and I hope we will see many more.”
After having made an impact in the shorter formats, Kate made her Test debut last year and has snared 11 wickets from two matches at an exceptional average of 11.75.
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