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Player Diary: Laura Jackson

Player Diary: Laura Jackson

Find out what the Red Rose bowler has been up to

Lancashire Women’s bowler Laura Jackson has spent her winter away from the Club in Melbourne.

Read her winter player diary...

I have been in North Fitzroy, Melbourne playing for a club called Edinburgh Cricket Club, established in 1978 which consists of six men’s teams, two vet’s teams and one women’s team, with a junior section of 25 teams.

I played in the Women’s XI as well as Men’s second and third XI’s. Unfortunately the Women’s XI didn’t get through to any finals, as this year we were focussing on bringing the junior girls up into the squad.

During the week I spent time coaching across all ages from 5-16 and I had a girls U13 and boys U16 team which I run myself.

Aside from playing and coaching, I went to the Australia v India test match at the MCG and got the opportunity to travel in a hot air balloon over Melbourne which was an incredible experience - I also had a visit from fellow Lancashire teammate Rachel Dickinson.

Finally, I got selected to play in the Inaugural Women’s Regional Big Bash which is a group of players selected from the league to play in an All Stars team. I was in the Melbourne Stars team playing against the Melbourne Renegades. The Renegades set a total of 90 and we chased it with just three wickets down. My figures were four overs, no maidens, three wickets for 12 runs, while also scoring 25 with the bat and being awarded Player of the Match!

Being in Australia this year has taught me that it is very important to give back to the community. I once started out playing cricket and people took time to coach me and I’m now doing that for others and acting as their role model.

With my own game, I’ve learned how important it is to bowl a consistent line and length. Playing with the men has taught me that the margin for error is tiny, especially playing on small grounds in suburban Melbourne.

Now I am looking forward to getting back into action with Lancashire Women ahead of an exciting summer for English cricket.

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