First woman cricket player will play in male team in first class cricket. Sarah Taylor will this weekend become the first woman to play grade cricket.
I had no idea I would be the first – but I’m sure I won’t be the last.
The England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor will this weekend become the first woman to play grade cricket in Australia.
Taylor will feature on Saturday for Northern Districts Cricket Club against Port Adelaide in the South Australian Cricket Association competition.
Which has been played only by men since its inception in 1897.
England’s Sarah Taylor, the reigning women’s one-day international cricketer.
The 26-year-old Sussex women’s captain will line up alongside Mark Cosgrove of South Australia and Leicestershire.
The former Hampshire batsman Joe Gatting nephew of ex-England captain Mike Gatting at the Salisbury Oval.
I’m really excited about this opportunity .
The completely unexpected and offers another new challenge and environment for me to test my skills.
Said Taylor, who signed to play for Adelaide Strikers in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Big Bash League this winter.
And is currently playing 50-over state cricket for the Breezair SA Scorpions in the Women’s National Cricket League.
I had no idea that I would be the first woman to play at this level in Australia.
First woman cricket player will play in male team in first class cricket.
I have grown up playing boys’ cricket at Brighton College and more recently in the ECB.
Men premier league for Walmley CC, so I am used to playing with the guys.”
The ECB’s director of England women’s cricket, said:
“It’s great news that Sarah will get the chance to play at this level.
Sarah’s wicketkeeping prowess and I’m sure that this standard of cricket will enhance her skills and reputation further.
“We are always looking for new avenues to challenge the England women’s players, and playing top-level Australian men’s club cricket will certainly be a brilliant test of Sarah’s abilities.
England women successful on the international stage we need to make sure that they exposed to high-pressure.
And high-quality cricket environments. I am sure that Sarah will learn a great deal playing grade cricket this winter.”
Earlier this year the England fast bowler Kate Cross became the first woman to play in the 123-year-old Central Lancashire League.