Levick On Level Playing Field For Bowlers & Batters

The Hundred looks to have brought out a bit of a mean streak in Diamonds leg-spinner and birthday girl Katie Levick.

Preparing for the new 100-ball competition, in which she will be representing the Emerald Headingley based Northern Superchargers, Levick has been getting her head around some of the new rules which will come into play over the next month or so.

“There’s nothing better than being on top for five balls and going, ‘Do you know what, I’m going to stay on and keep ruining your world!” said the twirler, who is 30 today.

“I’m really looking forward to that element, or going to the other end and bowling again directly afterwards.”

The ECB have opted to do away with the term overs in the Hundred.

Instead, bowlers can bowl five balls or, if they are proving a success, can stay on to bowl 10 on the reel.

It is just one of many new rules which players, coaches and fans will have to get their heads around.

Speaking to Sky Sports about the ability to bowl 10 balls in succession, Levick said: “I think it puts a bit of power back towards the bowlers in what has become quite a heavily dominant batters game in the last few years.

“I’m really looking forward to that challenge.”

Levick has enjoyed a productive summer so far in Diamonds colours in both the Rachael Heyhoe Flint 50-over Trophy and the Charlotte Edwards T20 Cup.

The Sheffield-born star has claimed eight wickets in seven games combined across the formats.

Her figures in the three recent T20 games, yielding two wins, have been particularly impressive; 1-18, 2-23 and 1-17 - all from four overs.

While Levick has influenced the Diamonds excellent form, so has former England wicketkeeper batter Sarah Taylor during her short spell with the team.

Ironically, Levick will face Taylor in next Saturday’s Hundred opener for the Superchargers against Welsh Fire at Emerald Headingley (2.30pm).

“She’s pretty decent at keeping, isn’t she?” Levick said.

“It was really good that she answered our call and came and played for the Diamonds.

“We got to know her for a good couple of weeks.

“It’s very nice as a leg-spinner when you’ve got an amazing keeper, one of the best ever, behind the stumps.

“It was just nice to have her in our team for a few weeks. She’s a legend of the game, and it’s been good to see her back on the pitch.”

But here comes that mean streak again, as Levick added: “Hopefully we haven’t got her in too much form because hopefully she can blob for the Welsh Fire.”


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