Lamb's lighting up 2021 season
It’s Lambing season in Lancashire Cricket circles
Not only has Emma been starring for Thunder this summer, but older brother and fellow all-rounder Danny has been doing likewise for the Red Rose men.
The Prestonians have both produced some ‘wow’ performances.
Emma, 23-years-old, has had two particularly stunning days out.
She posted 58 and claimed 4-13 with her off-spinners in the Thunder’s Charlotte Edwards Cup win over Northern Diamonds at Emerald Headingley last month.
And then, topping that, she smashed an unbeaten 111 opening the batting in a victory over Sunrisers at Emirates Old Trafford in the same competition earlier this month, also adding 3-16 with the ball.
It is form which has put her in the eye-line of the England selectors.
“She’s doing alright, isn’t she,” said Danny. “And I’m sure she won’t mind me saying this, but it’s about time!
“She could have easily played for England a couple of years ago. I’m sure she was talented enough to do it back then. But now she’s putting in consistent performances.
“I think she should be playing. She’s as good as anyone in that team, for me.”
Twenty-five-year-old Danny has also been exceptional for Lancashire.
In April, he scored his maiden county century - 125 in the Championship victory over Kent at Canterbury.
Last Friday, he smashed a brilliant List A career best 86 not out in the Royal London Cup to help the Red Rose recover from 115-7 to chase 271 against Sussex at Sedbergh School.
It was the highest score by a Lancashire number eight in List A cricket.
On Sunday, he claimed a List A best 5-30 with his seamers in the win over Gloucestershire at Bristol.
The Lambs played together in the Cheshire County Premier League for Bramhall in 2015. Emma had already made her senior county debut for Lancashire, but Danny was still waiting for his.
It was a time when the siblings would discuss their respective games together.
Danny said: “We don’t speak as much anymore because we don’t live together now. But every now and again, she asks me stuff and I’ll ask her stuff.
“That’s more about clarity of thought than anything.
“I don’t know enough about women’s cricket because it’s such a different game to the men’s. But we can still bounce ideas off each other.”
While Danny is aiming for Royal London Cup success with Lancashire, Thunder’s Emma is on duty in the Hundred with Manchester Originals.
With her in sight of an England call, it is clearly a big few weeks ahead with all the women’s games televised or streamed.
“There’s no beating around the bush, she’s got to perform,” added Danny. “And so do I!”