Pride for Cross ahead of first women's cap presentation
Celebration of women's cricket to take place at Emirates Old Trafford
Kate Cross has spoken of her pride ahead of being capped by Lancashire as part of a celebration of women’s cricket prior to tonight's Kia Super League clash with Loughborough Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford.
Seventy former players have been invited to attend the fixture by the Red Rose county, who will hand out caps to a number of players past and present.
Current Thunder players Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Alex Hartley, Emma Lamb and Ellie Threlkeld will be honoured, as will former players such as Arran Brindle and Laura Newton.
Former England captain Clare Connor, the ECB’s managing director of women’s cricket, will be making the presentation prior to the 6.30pm floodlit start.
England seamer Cross, the current Thunder skipper, debuted for the Red Rose aged 13 in 2005, and this will be her 147th senior appearance for both the county side and in the Super League.
The 27-year-old said: “It will be a very proud moment.
“It’s all about recognition. I was in the hotel recently (Hilton Garden Inn at Old Trafford) and saw my picture up on the Test wall alongside Andrew Flintoff and Jos Buttler. That kind of thing just fills me with pride.”
Cross says women’s cricket has changed significantly since she started playing almost a decade and a half ago.
She explained: “I remember being a 13-year-old playing county cricket, and there was no money in it for the girls. I didn’t even know who the England team were, who captained them.
“I played a game against Kent, got someone out first ball and all my team-mates are screaming around me.
“I didn’t know what was going on and who I’d got out. But it was Charlotte Edwards, the England captain. I just didn’t know because there was no profile of the girls back then.
“The fact that we’ve got kids here at the KSL games wanting our signatures because they know who we are from the following on social media and such is fantastic.
“And having a standalone competition like the KSL gives people the opportunity to see us play on local grounds like Liverpool and Blackpool.
“When I started playing, I never thought I could make a living out of the game. Never. Absolutely not.
“I went to university and studied. That was my priority. I juggled my cricket with that. There was never an option I was going to be a pro cricketer.”
Lancashire head into their seventh game of 10 in this season’s Super League bottom of the table and having lost five of six outings.
Their only two points came from a tie against Southern Vipers at Hove on Thursday.
They were beaten by Western Storm at Chester Boughton Hall on Sunday as the unbeaten league leaders chased 160 to win by five wickets with only one ball to spare.
It was one of four close games which could have gone either way.
Now, it seems that even four wins from their remaining four games will not be enough for the Thunder to secure a top-three finish and a place at Finals Day.
England left-arm spinner Ecclestone remains upbeat. She said: “We've got such a good team.
“We just need to get some wins on the board, starting against Loughborough, and see where it takes us. We are just taking it one game at a time and hopefully we can get the next one.”
Loughborough, meanwhile, are third in the table having won three and lost three.