Thunder confirm squad of 18 for 2021 season
Thunder have selected a squad of 18 players for this summer's Rachael Heyhoe Flint and Regional T20 competitions
Thunder is delighted to confirm the 18-strong squad which will represent Lancashire, Cheshire, and Cumbria in the regional women’s domestic competitions this summer.
Led by Alex Hartley the squad also includes Thunder’s other four contracted players Georgie Boyce, Hannah Jones, Emma Lamb and Ellie Threlkeld.
There is also a new face amongst the Thunder ranks, with Australian bowler Piepa Cleary joining as an overseas player. Cleary, 24, represents Western Australia in Australia's Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) and also plays for Perth Scorchers in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL).
Cleary's signing adds significant experience to a young side, she's taken 54 T20 wickets at an average of 23 and 44 wickets in List A cricket and also played in Lancashire Women’s Vitality T20 competition earlier this summer.
England’s Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone will both be available for the early season fixtures.
Thunder Squad 2021
Alex Hartley (c), Ellie Threlkeld, Georgie Boyce, Emma Lamb, Hannah Jones, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Piepa Cleary, Nat Brown, Laura Marshall, Alice Dyson, Alice Clarke, Laura Jackson, Rebecca Duckworth, Sophia Turner, Daisy Mullan, Liberty Heap, Danielle Collins
The brand-new grey Thunder strip featuring Sportsbreak.com at the front of centre was launched alongside the new regional side’s new logo at a recent event at Sale Cricket Club which saw members of the Thunder squad lead a training session with young players from Sale.
Thunder’s new logo features a unique, stylised letter ‘T’ shaped to represent a Thunderbolt containing a three-colour blend of red, purple, and green to portray the three counties of Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria who comprise the North West region which Thunder represents.
Underneath the T design sits the Lancashire rose, which is also outlined by the colours which represent Cheshire and Cumbria to completes the new Thunder logo.
The strip itself features a contrasting light and dark grey pattern across the front with a white stripe running down either side and will be worn for the first time in competitive action on 29 May when Thunder travel to Bristol to taken on Western Storm in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
The event at Sale Cricket Club also saw the launch of a new agreement between Lancashire Cricket and Sale which will allow the Red Rose to utilise the cricket facilities at Sale.
A number of the Club’s players including the Academy and County Age Group Squads will train at Sale, who will then also host Thunder’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy clash with Southern Vipers in September.
Lancashire’s Director of Cricket Paul Allot commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Sale Cricket Club and utilising their excellent cricket facilities.
“It is an ideal link-up which eases the current high demand on Emirates Old Trafford and allows our players to play and train somewhere which meets their requirements and is just a short drive from their usual base.
“The extra COVID-19 restrictions currently in place at Emirates Old Trafford meant that an agreement such as this one became a necessity for us, and we thank Sale Cricket Club for their co-operation.”