A bowler from Manchester has been selected to represent England in the Commonwealth Games after being inspired by her school’s team. Kate Cross, who was born with a rare condition that affects her legs and arms, says she wants to inspire other young girls to take up sport.
The Manchester Originals will be captained by Kate Cross in The Hundred.
|Date: July 21st Kia Oval is the location of the game. 18:30 BST (British Summer Time)|
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I can’t tell you how thrilled I am for The Hundred to get started now that the sun has finally decided to do what it does best.
We’ve obviously been waiting a long time with the epidemic. Right now, all I want to do is play. It struck home when we gathered as a team at the Kia Oval at the conclusion of last week, dressed in our new uniforms and riding in our new branded bus.
It’s strange to imagine that tonight we’ll be out there, in front of a huge audience, starting off a whole new tournament live on and Sky, just gazing at the ground from the players’ balcony.
It’s very unique that the women’s tournament kicks things off.
Imagine a young family flipping across the networks and watching Becky Hill competing in top women’s domestic sport live on their TVs. [British singer-songwriter Hill will play during The Hundred’s first game.]
We always say that if you can’t see it, you can’t be it, and now there’s a cricket tournament on TV where you can be it for a new generation of females.
You can’t tell me you’re not going to want to go out in the backyard in the sun and give it a try after seeing Sophie Ecclestone bowl or Lizelle Lee smash one out of the park.
Soph may bowl the first ball of the tournament, but there’s also a possibility I might – as well as a few other possibilities, but I’m not revealing anything just yet!
That will be up to me as captain – as will memorizing the regulations! – and it seems like a huge decision.
At the very least, I know that if we win, I will be the most successful captain in the history of The Hundred for about 24 hours.
There’s also the team meeting to consider. I’m more concerned about it than about the game itself. I’m going to simply point to the ground, the crowd, and the event, and tell everyone to have a good time on what is, after all, a historic occasion.
Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone of Manchester Originals play Out of 100.
The tournament as a whole has clearly been a hot topic for a long time, and it’s fantastic that we’re all talking about it because so many of us care about cricket and want it to be the best it can be.
When I consider the entire situation, I believe it provides the game with an incredible chance. We want more young people to attend nets or their local club in the hopes of becoming Jos Buttler or Tammy Beaumont.
That was not available to my generation of females when we were younger. I was just watching men’s cricket and wishing I could rush in like Andrew Flintoff or James Anderson, and I’m not sure I was really dreaming of moments like this because I couldn’t fathom it.
It’s a huge step up from viewing from the club grounds with only one person and their dog.
The potential The Hundred presents is applicable to both men’s and women’s cricket: as a sport, we’re constantly going ahead, and when you’re moving forward, you’re very focused on what’s next – what accomplishment is around the corner? What do you think the next great thing in women’s cricket will be?
It’s critical that we have that attitude since development and challenge are at the heart of what we do. We must continue to go forward, develop, and want more.
But, for a little moment, when the first ball is thrown tomorrow, it will serve as a stark reminder of how far women’s cricket has progressed.
The women’s game will be front and center at a big arena, live on the, starting off a huge few weeks for our sport. I hope that young girls see it and realize that they, too, can be like that.