Emma def­i­nitely has bright fu­ture in store

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By An­drew Lawton

SHE may not be spend­ing her win­ter at the Women’s Big Bash but it may well be one of many crick­et­ing stages that 18-year-old Emma Lamb lights up in the near fu­ture.

The young Lan­cashire Thun­der bat­ter from Pre­ston en­joyed a suc­cess­ful in­au­gu­ral Kia Super League this sum­mer as the team’s sec­ond-high­est run scorer, with 122 runs from five in­nings.

She opened in ev­ery game with New Zealand all-rounder Amy Sat­terth­waite and was the only non-in­ter­na­tional to fea­ture among the top-ten group-stage run scor­ers at a strike rate of 104.27.

Only Sat­terth­waite, who is cur­rently play­ing along­side Eng­land cap­tain Heather Knight for the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes in the Women’s Big Bash, scored more for the Thun­der in 2016.

And it was the ex­pe­ri­enced Kiwi who had a big im­pact on Lamb, who was called up to the Eng­land squad for the first time in Novem­ber.

On her re­turn, Lamb ad­mit­ted she would be thrilled to fol­low in the foot­steps of Sat­terth­waite and her Eng­land team­mates in get­ting a chance at the Aussie T20 tour­na­ment in the near fu­ture.

“Look­ing at other Eng­land play­ers and how they are at the Big Bash in Aus­tralia – they look like they are en­joy­ing it and do­ing well and I def­i­nitely want to fol­low them,” she said. “If the op­por­tu­nity came around I would def­i­nitely be keen.

“I learned a lot from the over­seas play­ers (dur­ing the sum­mer), mainly in terms of tech­ni­cal bat­ting stuff.

“Amy Sat­terth­waite has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in New Zealand and of in­ter­na­tional cricket, she did well and was good to be around and learn from in train­ing and games.

“The Kia Super League was a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence; it was a good com­pe­ti­tion and a good stan­dard.

“Play­ing with over­seas stars and in­ter­na­tional play­ers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries, I learned a lot.”

Lamb made her Lan­cashire de­but at the ten­der age of 14, broke into the Eng­land Academy set-up a year later and be­came the first woman to com­pete in the Cheshire County Cricket League in 2015.

In that land­mark match for Bramhall 1st XI, she played along­side her brother Danny, now 21, who has since gone on and earned him­self a pro­fes­sional con­tract with Lan­cashire.

Since the sum­mer, Lamb’s de­vel­op­ment as a po­ten­tial in­ter­na­tional crick­eter con­tin­ued with her se­lec­tion as one of seven Eng­land Academy play­ers to be cho­sen for a train­ing camp in Abu Dhabi.

Af­ter im­press­ing head coach Mark Robin­son at that camp, she was se­lected to take the only re­main­ing slot in the Eng­land squad for their four-match tour of Sri Lanka.

And while Lamb didn’t make it onto the field, she felt the ex­pe­ri­ence was ex­tremely worth­while for her de­vel­op­ment as a crick­eter as Eng­land se­cured World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion with a 4-0 se­ries win.

“It was great to learn out there, and through in­di­vid­ual prac­tice I felt I proved in the warm-up games that I could score runs,” she added.

“The coach (Mark Robin­son) was go­ing to take one player to go to Sri Lanka from the train­ing camp so I was try­ing to prove my­self.

“He said one more player was go­ing to be picked off the back of the Abu Dhabi games, it was pretty late, five days be­fore I went out, so it could have been any­one.

“It was great be­ing se­lected, be­ing part of the team and around the Eng­land girls. I got to train with the coaches who didn’t know me and the first team, so hope­fully I made an im­pact.”

PIC­TURE: Getty Im­ages

Prospect: Emma Lamb shows her tal­ent in Kia Super League ac­tion for Lan­cashire Thun­der

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