Kate Cross excited for Kia Super League
Lancashire Thunder’s Kate Cross is excited for Kia Super League as the side continue to train together at Emirates Old Trafford.
Cross, 24, a product of Lancashire’s well-established academy is the first women cricketer to develop and progress through to play professional cricket for the Red Rose.
The promising right-handed fast medium bowler who was born in Manchester, also plays cricket for her local team Heywood CC, in which she occupied the headlines in the summer of 2015 as she became the first woman to play cricket in the Central Lancashire League whilst finishing with figures of 3/19 as she cleaned up the opposition. She also went on to take 8/37 later that year. Cross is one of 18 women cricketers awarded a professional contract by the ECB, and is looking to show off her skills when she takes to the stage in the all new Kia Super League.
“I’m massively excited, I always get a real buzz when I come through the gates of Emirates Old Trafford. It’s really special that we all get together as a squad today for the first time. I think its making it very real now and I obviously missed out on the induction and media day so its really nice to be here and I’m looking forward to get going now.” Elatedly answered Cross, when asked about how her feelings are ahead of the debut Kia Super league season.
Lancashire Thunder Fixtures
- Friday 29 July 2016 v Loughborough Lightning (Friendly) 1pm at Emirates Old Trafford - BUY TICKETS
- Sunday 31st July v Western Storm 2:30pm at Cooper Associates CG
- Wednesday 3rd August v Loughborough Lightning 4:30pm at Haselgrave CC
- Friday 5th August v Southern Vipers 2:30pm at Blackpool CC – BUY TICKETS
- Tuesday 9th August v Surrey Stars 2:30pm at Guildford CC
- Friday 12th August v Yorkshire Diamonds 6:00pm at Emirates Old Trafford - BUY TICKETS
Cross believes that Thunder have got the strength to put their foot down in the competition, “yes absolutely, that’s the beauty we’ve got three solid overseas coming over and we’ve got obviously Danni (Danielle Wyatt) and Sarah (Sarah Taylor) who are going to represent the Red Rose which is really exciting.”
Lancashire Thunder welcome’s the arrival of former professional Lancashire player off-spinner Gary Keedy, who will return to the club for a second time but this time being a spin coach, having played 227 matches for the Red Rose during his respectable 23-year career within cricket. Stephen Titchard will also be returning to Emirates Old Trafford as the Head Coach of Lancashire Thunder, Titchard played for Lancashire during the 1990’s.
Lancastrian Cross, believes that having Gary Keedy on the staff will be extremely beneficial for the Thunder squad and will be major boost and praises the support and development of the women’s game. “I think that’s one of the beauties of this tournament, the Kia Super League as managed to bring all these names together and having them the likes of Gary on the staff is incredible, I know that all the spinners are really looking forward to working with him and I’m sure he’ll offer lot of experience to the squad which I think it just process which way the women’s game is going and that people want to get involved.”
Lancashire thunder are all set to face old rose rivals Yorkshire Diamonds in the Kia Super League, which will see a new scenario between the two foes as it will add a whole new dimension to the ever-popular rose rivalry.
One that seems popular amongst the Thunder camp says Cross, “That’s definitely the fixture that everyone’s been talking about, I’ve never actually played a game out at emirates old Trafford yet, so can’t wait to get out there and use these facilities, but yeah I think the one against Yorkshire under lights will be absolutely fantastic and if we get the crown in for that it will be mega.”Kia Super league is set to commence later this summer, in its inaugural campaign. Providing an exciting opportunity for women cricketers throughout the country to showcase their skills in a competitive and exciting women only league.
The Kia Super league is the first time a cricket tournament will be run for women by the ECB and will feature an array of international women cricketers alongside talented and promising English cricketers. The league will initially start-up as a Twenty-Twenty format league, consisting of six teams from around England. However, the league is set to expand in 2017 and will then also feature a one-day format.
Lancashire Thunder will be hoping to replicate the success that the men’s Lightning side achieved in 2015 as they blasted their way to the NatWest T20 Blast to take home the coveted trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
Thunder face Loughborough Lightning in their first competitive fixture, which will take place at Emirates Old Trafford and will be part of the pre-match entertainment as Lancashire Lightning host Birmingham Bears in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday, 29 July.