Sarah Bryce made a name for herself wearing Kent Women’s sky and navy colours for the first time in 2020, and although she only featured in a handful of matches for The Horses, her performances merited two gongs at the Spitfire Kent Cricket Awards.
We caught up with Sarah to discuss her first season with Kent, new teams and formats she will be playing in this year, and also her burgeoning international career.
“It was a very different season with COVID and everything related to that meaning that I couldn’t train with the team as much as I’d have liked to before I got to play alongside them, but it’s a great group of girls here and they’ve made me feel really at home.
“It was really pleasing to go to a new team and do so well. To play that well in my first season and pick up awards is always a good thing!”
The Scotland international is one of many names north of the border now garnering big reputations in the women’s game, with Kent teammate Kirstie Gordon, her sister Kathryn Bryce and leg-break bowler Abtaha Maqsood all having earned contracts in The Hundred.
“It’s amazing and it just shows that Scottish cricket is really progressing – there are lots of people coming out of the system and doing really well.
“Obviously Kirstie’s now involved with England and I think she was the first person to really lead the way for Scottish cricketers, and show that there’s a real career and potential opportunities in cricket.
“I’m delighted as well for Abtaha, signing her first professional contract. It’s really cool to see so many people doing well.”
With Scotland Women about to start their T20 World Cup qualifiers in 2021, the ‘keeper-batter also has one eye on qualifying for a major tournament with her country.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play in a couple of global qualifiers in Thailand and Sri Lanka and they’re such great events to be a part of.
“Playing against these higher quality teams and full member nations like Ireland and Bangladesh is also great and hopefully we can have another good run this year and qualify for the Global T20 Qualifiers.”
Alongside committing to Kent Women for another year, Bryce will be featuring for her regional side, Lightning, as well as for the Oval Invincibles in 2021. But the 21-year-old isn’t phased by the prospect of a season packed with playing for different teams.
“I’m really looking forward to playing for Kent again this year. It’s not too difficult to juggle playing for these different sides – it can be quite busy at times but everyone’s really helpful with fitting in with each other and finding ways to make it work.
“Luckily Kirstie and Tammy Beaumont are both based in Loughborough near me so that also helps a little bit!”
When asked about her Winter and what she’s been up to over lockdown, Bryce has also been kept busy by her university studies and hobbies.
“I’ve still had Uni work to be getting on with online, which has been good at keeping me busy.
“I’m also really into my music – I got myself a ukulele for here in my Uni room to keep me entertained, although I’m not good enough for a public showing just yet!”