Lancashire's Kate Cross Jets off to the West Indies with England Women's Squad
Kate has graduated from the England Academy to be part of the England Women's Squad and named in the 21 player Performance Squad.
Kate has been in and around the England academy over the last few years and has continued to push over the last 6 months following finishing her University degree at Leeds. 2013 has been an almost perfect season for her, performances with Lancashire throughout the season not only opening the bowling but with the bat. She got called into the summer academy squad after missing out in the winter, took 4 wickets against Australia including prize wicket of Meg Lanning whilst playing for England A. A graduate of the Lancashire Academy, she had plans to jet off to Australia this winter to develop her cricket skills however she will now swap this plane journey for one to West Indies on 10th October with England Women and embark on the Triangular series before the Ashes down under in January.
Kate having heard the news commented: "I am absolutely delighted to be selected for the West Indies Tour! I had originally planned a 6 month trip to play cricket in Melbourne and possibly state cricket for Victoria this winter. However these plans changed when I found out last week I was selected in the England Women’s Performance Squad of 21 last week based on my performances this summer with Lancashire Women and the England Academy. I felt I did myself proud and have been rewarded with a place at the next level. I am over the moon and looking forward to carry on my form throughout the winter in warmer climes!"
Jen Laycock, LCB Women and Girls CDO, added: ‘It’s just reward for Kate to be selected in this tour squad, she has worked hard over the summer and has put in the performances to back up her work. Kate has the potential to bowl quick and is a wicket taker, she has won games for Lancashire this year and hopefully she will get the opportunity to do the same out in the West Indies. I’m sure she will be looking forward to the tour and getting back bowling. We wish her all the best."
John Stanworth, LCCC Academy Director, said: "Kate is a former Lancashire Academy Squad member who having been through our programme moved to Leeds / Bradford University. She is an excellent athlete and cricketer proving when with us she was capable of competing with her male counterparts. Her competitiveness has always been one of her strengths and I am certain that this quality will come to the fore with the challenges ahead at International level."
ECB’s press release is available at this link:
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