Kent stars shine at Women’s U19 T20 World Cup

Wednesday 25th January 2023


Kent stars shine at Women’s U19 T20 World Cup

The Kentish contingent in the first ever Women’s U19 T20 World Cup have made a big impact on the tournament as it moves into the semi-final stages on Friday (27 January).

Kent Spitfires’ T20 opener is against Gloucestershire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury on Wednesday 24 May 2023 – entry to all scheduled T20 home matches is included in Kent Cricket Memberships, on sale now.

England skipper & Kent all-rounder Grace Scrivens currently sits atop of the run-scoring charts, with a 38-run lead, after amassing 269 in five innings – averaging 53.80 & striking at 137.94.

Kent’s 2022 Women’s Player of the Year has also led by example with the ball as well as opening the batting – her 6 wickets coming at miserly economy of just 3.07 – her best figures so far of 4 wickets for 2 runs coming against Zimbabwe in the Group stages.

Her vice-captain, Kent teammate Ryana MacDonald-Gay, has also made contributions for the Three Lions in the tournament – averaging and impressive 53.00 with the bat & taking 3 wickets at an economy of 4.00.

Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, the all-rounder said that the leaders in the England dressing room had a decidedly Kentish feel.

“It’s such a memorable journey, considering we have been playing with each other since we were really young kids, since our U-11s; we were captain and vice-captain back then too,” says MacDonald-Gay.

“I’m honoured to be vice-captain and help Grace lead the team in such a great environment. It takes us back to the old days.”

On her cricketing journey through Kent’s Talent Pathway, MacDonald-Gay added: “I played with the boys until I was U-11s, when I got in the county, at Kent Cricket.”

“From there, my coach, David Sear, worked with me for about three years and definitely had a big hand in nurturing my passion for the game.

“He was very enthusiastic, very passionate, and so involved in the women’s cricket world. I really admired that. And he worked a lot with Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway, so in a way, I started looking up to them both as my idols, both home-grown Kent players like me.”

Left-arm seamer Alexa Stonehouse, who plays her club cricket for Whitstable, rounds off the Kent players featuring for England, & has 4 wickets in three matches, averaging 11.00 with the ball.

It was a disappointing finish to the group stage for Darcey Carter & Scotland as they bowed out of a strong Group D that included India & South Africa. She scored 54 runs in 4 innings at the tournament.

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The journey continues for England, who face Australia in the semi-final of the tournament, live from 11:45 GMT on Friday, live on Sky Sports Mix in the United Kingdom.

If they progress, the final will also be shown via Sky Sports in the UK.

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