Jan 062015

Heywood have been very proud over the last few years to have so many young players progress into the District program and then into Lancashire age group cricket.

Several of our young players have been training over the winter with Lancashire and no doubt others will push for recognition over the summer months through their performances for the club.

To have so many juniors at the club enjoying the opportunity to play cricket is why the club exists and to see the hard work of the coaches, parents and volunteers paying off is a great credit to all concerned.

One of those in the Lancashire system is Emily Carter, a girl who helped Heywood U13′s win the Watson Trophy in 2014 and broke into the Lancashire U15′s girls squad. Combine that with the fact that she is also in the Greater Manchester U16 County netball side and it adds up to a busy schedule and Emily told us a little about this and her love of Heywood CC.

Emily and the U13 League winners

Emily and the U13 League winners

“This winter I’ve been training at the indoor nets at Lancashire trying to improve my pace bowling and my batting which, I admit, is a weak part of my game – women’s cricket is so competitive now that to succeed you need to be adept in both batting and bowling.”

“I’m pleased to say that in both these areas I’ve seen improvements. Bowling wise I’ve improved my accuracy, my run up is smoother and I’m faster than last year. And in batting I now have a few shots in my armoury.”

“Looking forward I think 2015 is going to be a great year for women’s cricket. I have trials for Lancashire U15 girls in late February – last year I played in the development squad and this year I’m hoping to break into their performance squad.”

“There’s also a very good chance Heywood CC will have two Lancashire girls in 2015 because I know last year’s U11 coach’s player of the season Abi Henson is on their radar and after playing with her in a couple of U13 games she is definitely one to watch.”

“The rise in women’s cricket can be reflected in players like Abi and in the number of all-women’s teams now on the circuit.”

“This year, as well as playing at Heywood for the U15s, I’ll also be representing Tottington St John’s in the Northern Women’s League.”

“There are now more women’s teams than ever before and with the success of the England women’s side, spearheaded by Heywood’s own Kate Cross, I’m sure more girls will be attracted to playing cricket, as I was three years ago.”

“If you’re reading this and don’t play cricket simply go along to your local club, they’ll welcome you with open arms, as Heywood did with me.”

“I love going down there in summer when the first team are playing and feeling part of the whole set-up, it’s such a friendly place.”

“My aims this year are simple, to take more wickets, and maybe my first five-for, and score some runs, and hopefully see more girls at the club enjoying what, for me, has been a wonderful experience.”

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