Presenting the Northern Diamonds squad for the 2021 campaign...
HOLLIE ARMITAGE. June 14, 1997.
Top order batter who bowls rapidly improving leg-spin. Huddersfield-born contracted player who opened the batting with Yorkshire men’s player Will Fraine in junior club cricket. In the form of her life at present. Hundred in the final as she skippered Tasmanian side Clarence to 50-over silverware during winter followed with 290 runs and eight wickets in five T20 appearances for Yorkshire women this summer. Wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see England Academy experience turn into senior honours sooner rather than later.
KATHERINE BRUNT. July, 2, 1985.
Opening bowler from Barnsley; Yorkshire and England legend. Multiple World Cup and Ashes winner who should this summer become the first England player to reach the 300-wicket mark in international cricket. Currently 13 away having played 226 times across all formats. County appearances are limited these days for a player who first wore the White Rose at Under 15s level in 1999. Only played twice for Diamonds in last summer’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, taking six wickets, including 5-20 in the opening round win over Central Sparks at Edgbaston.
AMI CAMPBELL. June 6, 1991.
First represented Yorkshire at senior level in 2013 and has since played for Northumberland, Durham and, this summer, North East Warriors in county cricket. Scored a pair of 70s opening the batting in a T20 clash with Northern Representative XI side featuring Diamonds team-mates Alex MacDonald and Phoebe Graham earlier this month. Fifty-over century for Northumberland in 2016. Hit 122 runs in seven Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy games last year batting at four. Newcastle-born.
LEAH DOBSON. October 6, 2001.
Scarborough-born batter who is yet to make her Diamonds debut. First wore the White Rose at under 13s level in 2014 and progressed to her senior county debut for Yorkshire in 2014. A regular bowler of medium pace in age-group cricket, she smashed 161 off only 81 balls opening the batting in a Yorkshire Under 17s T20 fixture against Derbyshire in 2019.
HELEN FENBY. November 23, 1998. Spinner.
Stockton-born leggie who plays her county cricket for Durham and the North East Warriors. A bowler who has a unique action, Fenby has England Academy experience and played for the Yorkshire Diamonds in the Kia Super League in 2018 and 2019 with a best of 4-20. Played first-team cricket for Norton in the North Yorkshire South Durham Premier League. Three appearances for the Northern Diamonds in last year’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
PHOEBE GRAHAM. October 23, 1991. Seamer.
Opening bowler from Steeton who impressed for the Diamonds in last summer’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. Despite only taking two wickets in five appearances, her economy rate of 3.87 was a major reason why the side reached the final. Gave up a marketing job to take one of the Diamonds five full-time contracts. Late father Peter was a highly respected league cricketer in Yorkshire and also played Minor Counties for Northumberland. Phoebe has played county cricket for Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Devon and Berkshire.
JENNY GUNN. May 9, 1986.
England legend who was coaxed out of retirement by Diamonds coach Dani Hazell ahead of last summer’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, taking eight wickets and scoring 149 runs in seven appearances. Has since been handed a full-time contract at Emerald Headingley. Played for Yorkshire amongst other counties, including home side Nottinghamshire. Three-time World Cup winner, seam bowling all-rounder claimed 240 wickets and scored 2,709 runs during a 15-year international career which ended in October 2019. Combines playing with coaching at Trent College in Nottingham.
BESS HEATH. August 20, 2001. Wicketkeeper-batter.
An all-round sporting whizz. Could have gone down the Rugby Union route with Worcester Warriors. Born in Chesterfield, Heath came through the Derbyshire age groups before first playing senior county cricket with them in 2014 - just weeks before her 13th birthday. Played for the Yorkshire Diamonds in the Kia Super League in 2019 and has since played county cricket for the White Rose. Power with the bat and is likely to be employed in the middle order. Played all seven matches in last season’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
RACHEL HOPKINS. July 19, 1992.
Nottingham-born batter who has played county cricket for Derbyshire, Durham and, mostly recently, North East Warriors, since 2007. Scored an unbeaten 117 opening the batting for Derbyshire against Cheshire in a 50-over game in 2016. Best of 35 opening the batting in four Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy games for the Northern Diamonds last summer. Bowled medium pace in domestic cricket earlier in her career.
STERRE KALIS. August 30, 1999.
Classy Dutch international who was nominated by the ICC for their Women’s Associate Player of the Decade award over the winter. Bounced back from three successive ducks at the start of last season’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy with three fifties on the bounce, including one in the final defeat against Vipers at Edgbaston. Batted at three. Set a world record in 2019 for the highest individual score in WT20 international; 126 not out against Germany. Only Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy have managed to surpass that since. Overseas last year, a local player this courtesy of a pre-settled status visa.
BETH LANGSTON. September 6, 1992. Seamer.
New ball quick who was part of England’s 2017 one-day World Cup squad, though she didn’t play in the triumph. Born in Essex, Langston was the Diamonds leading wicket-taker last season with 12 and added 93 important runs down the order. Played six times for England in one-day and T20 international cricket between 2013 and 2016. Played six years of county cricket with Essex before moving north to join Yorkshire in 2016. Wore the White Rose in the Kia Super League in 2018 and 2019 as is a Northern Diamonds contracted professional.
KATIE LEVICK. July 18, 1991.
Sheffield leggie was voted by the Guardian newspaper as their Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2019. Could this summer become the first bowler in English domestic cricket to reach the 250-wicket mark. A Yorkshire icon, she first wore the White Rose at Under 13s level in 2003 and played senior county cricket for the first time in 2008. Has returned hauls of 6-25 and 6-28 in senior one-day Roses matches. Eleven wickets in seven Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy games last summer. Had a battle with a debilitating bout of Coronavirus this winter.
ALEX MACDONALD. October 3, 1991. All-rounder.
Surrey-born batting all-rounder who impressed most in last summer’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy with a fine 92 in a win over Roses rivals North West Thunder at Liverpool. A middle order batter who bowls handy seamers. That Thunder match saw her borrow a bat from her close mate Alex Hartley, the opposition’s captain on the day! Has played senior county cricket for Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and, this summer, a Northern Representative XI.
NAT SCIVER. August 20, 1992.
England superstar whose availability for the Diamonds owes a lot to being Katherine Brunt’s off-field partner. Her birthplace would be a horror pub quiz question. Tokyo. Played her county cricket for Surrey. Top order batter and a seamer who has taken the new ball in international cricket. Scored a memorable century in the Diamonds second round win over Lightning at Durham last year. 155 England caps since debuting in 2013. Over 3,500 runs - with three centuries - and nearly 120 wickets for her country. World Cup winner in 2017 and a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2018. Captained England for first time in New Zealand this March when Heather Knight was injured.
RACHEL SLATER. November 20, 2001. Seamer.
One for the future in Yorkshire Cricket, the left-armer has been playing for the county since Under 13s in 2014. Made her senior debut in 2019 with a best of 2-31 so far. Yet to make her competitive bow for the Diamonds, though played in a recent friendly against the England Academy at Westwood. Has two half-centuries to her name at Under 15s level and one at Under 17s. Took 6-7 in an Under 17s game with Staffordshire in 2019. All those noted performances came as captain.
LINSEY SMITH. March 10, 1995.
Contracted slow left-armer with England experience, including at the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean in 2018. Played nine T20 internationals in all, claiming 13 wickets with a best of 3-18. Her last appearance was in summer 2019. Played county cricket for Berkshire and Sussex as well as Kia Super League cricket for Southern Vipers, Loughborough Lightning and Yorkshire Diamonds. Took 6-9 whilst playing Under 15s cricket for Oxfordshire in 2010. Born in Middlesex, but sees Oxfordshire as home.
LAUREN WINFIELD-HILL. August 16, 1990. Batter.
A star of Yorkshire Cricket, Winfield-Hill is a versatile batter who opens at domestic level and can take the wicketkeeping gloves. Dynamic against the new ball, she has had more of a finisher’s role for England of late. A product of the Stamford Bridge club near York, she has played 86 times across all formats for England, including three Test Matches, since debuting in 2013. Has an ODI best of 123 to her name. In April, she struck a majestic 140 for England A in a one-day friendly win versus an England senior XI. Played 103 times for Yorkshire’s senior side since debuting in 2007, aged 16, and has scored one century. A regular across all four seasons of Kia Super League (2016-2019) with Yorkshire Diamonds. Featured four times for Northern Diamonds last summer - top score of 72.