Lancashire Thunder winter watch
Winter plans for the Thunder squad
Five Lancashire Thunder players are headed to the Caribbean for the ICC Women’s World T20 in November.
Thunder skipper Dani Hazell and spin bowler Sophie Ecclestone flew out to West Indies last week, ahead of the 10-team tournament, which will be played across three venues in the Caribbean – Guyana, St Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda.
The tournament kicks off Friday 9 November, with England taking on Sri Lanka in their opening group fixture the following day. England are also joined by the hosts, South Africa and a winning side from the pre-tournament qualifiers.
Lancashire’s 2018 overseas trio will also be in action on the world stage. Thunder Player of the Tournament Amy Satterthwaite’s New Zealand, Harmanpreet Kaur’s India and Nicole Bolton’s Australia have all been drawn in the same group alongside Pakistan and another qualifier – ensuring that their will plenty of Red Rose interest.
Following the tournament, Hazell will head to Adelaide to play in the Women’s Big Bash League for the Adelaide Strikers. Despite her retirement from state and international cricket earlier this year, Head Coach Alex Blackwell will continue to play for Sydney Thunder in the competition. Fielding coach Chris Chambers will join Melbourne Renegades for the second half of the Bash.
Also travelling down under are the Thunder duo of Kate Cross and Alex Hartley, who will play in the Women’s National Cricket League. Pace bowler Cross will join Western Fury in Perth, while spinner Hartley will play for Tasmanian Roar.
Emma Lamb, Ellie Threlkeld and Rachel Dickinson will combine their University studies with cricket training throughout the winter.
Bobby Cross, Thunder General Manager commented, "It is great for those girls to get the opportunity to play overseas this winter, we wish them every success and it will only aid their development.
"The fact that so many of our players have busy winter schedules shows the continued growth of the women's game. I look forward to following their progress."