New Milton’s Charlotte Taylor has received a call up from Southern Brave to feature in England’s ongoing 100-ball cricket tournament The Hundred.
She has joined the squad at the Hilton Hotel near The Ageas Bowl and hopes to feature in the Southern Brave’s clash against Trent Rockets tomorrow (Saturday) in the inaugural edition of the tournament.
Taylor said: “I’m just thrilled to be involved, training with these players, and I’m hoping to learn loads. If I play any matches, it will be a bonus for me.”
Previously a batter, the 27-year-old spin bowler is the leading all-rounder for Hampshire women. She made heads turn when she was named in the Southern Vipers squad ahead of the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy as a late injury replacement player. She surprised all by her match-winning performance in the final at Edgbaston, registering her career-best figures of 6 for 34. She finished the competition taking 15 wickets in five matches.
Professional cricketer and World Cup winner Alex Hartley backed Charlotte as one of her top five picks. She said on the BBC Sport website: “Charlotte is a player who popped up from nowhere last year.
“She was not even in the Southern Vipers the main squad last season, then came in as an injury replacement and later took 6-34 in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final at Edgbaston.
“Her little off-spinners are more like little swingers, and she consistently takes wickets.”
Hartley continued: “Players may now be more aware of Charlotte and what she can do, and some may say the surprise factor may be gone, but whenever I check the scorecards, she’s always picking up wickets.
“Charlotte is still learning but is doing really well. She really epitomises the phrase one to watch. When she got player of the match in the final last year, she cried, showing what it means to her.
After a cruciate ligament nearly ended her career, Charlotte Taylor took up a job in customer service for an aerospace company and balances her career.
“One minute she had a full-time job and now plays professional cricket and signed to The Hundred. She should be so proud of what she has achieved.”