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Alex Hartley joins Lancashire Thunder for Kia Super League

Alex Hartley joins Lancashire Thunder for Kia Super League

England spinner joins Lancashire Thunder

Lancashire Thunder is delighted to announce the signing of spinner Alex Hartley for this year’s Kia Super League (KSL) joining fellow England players Danielle Hazell, Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone at Emirates Old Trafford.

Hartley, who hails from Clitheroe in Lancashire, has previously played for Surrey Stars and her move sees wicket keeper Sarah Taylor move the other way to the Kia Oval.

The 25 year-old played an important role in England’s ICC World Cup triumph last summer where she claimed 2-58 from her 10 overs in the final at Lord’s - taking her tally of wickets for the tournament to 10 from eight matches.

Lancashire Thunder’s General Manager, Bobby Cross, said, “We are delighted that Alex will play for Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League.

“She’s a Lancastrian at heart and I know how pleased she is to be playing her cricket at Emirates Old Trafford. She is a world class performer and she’s been instrumental in England’s success in recent years.

“Our England players certainly give us some real strength in depth for our bowling attack and we’ll be announcing our overseas players in due course which will add to our batting unit.

“We are confident that going into this year’s Kia Super League, we’ll have the most balanced squad we’ve ever had.”

The announcement follows yesterday’s news that Lancastrian trio of Alex Hartley, Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone have all been named in the England squad for the tour of India later this month.

Alex Hartley, added, “I’m so excited to be playing for Lancashire Thunder this summer.

“I’m Red Rose through and through and whilst I’ve been down at Surrey Stars over the last couple of years, it really feels like I’m coming home.

"I moved back last year to play for Lancashire Women in county cricket, but to transfer over for the Kia Super League is brilliant. I've always said that I wanted to come home and play for the Thunder and I couldn’t be happier it’s now been confirmed.

"We can definitely challenge in this year’s KSL and as a squad, we’re absolutely determined to do so.”

Lancashire Thunder’s overseas players for the Kia Super League will be announced in due course.

This summer's KSL has doubled in size from five to 10 matches, with everyone playing each other home and away between July 22 and August 19. The top three of the six teams advance to Finals Day at Hove on August 27. The Thunder's first game is against Loughborough Lightning at Southport and Birkdale Cricket Club on Sunday 22 July.

Tickets recently went on sale for Lancashire Thunder’s home fixtures, which sees the side play twice at Emirates Old Trafford as part of a Vitality Blast double header, as well as at Liverpool CC, Southport & Birkdale CC and Blackpool CC. Tickets are available from £5 for adults and £1 for juniors.

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