Sarah Taylor to become first woman to play Australian grade cricket

Sarah Taylor to become first woman to play Australian grade cricket

Sarah Taylor to become first woman to play Australian grade cricket

Written by Staff Writer

16 Oct, 2015 | 11:12 am

England star Sarah Taylor will make history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to play in a men’s two-day A grade match in Australia.

The wicketkeeper-batter will play for the Northern Districts Cricket Club in their season-opener against Port Adelaide in South Australia’s top men’s competition, where she will line-up alongside South Australian batsman Mark Cosgrove.

She will be the first woman to play in the competition’s top flight since the league was formed in 1897. Taylor, who has played eight Tests, 98 One-Day Internationals and 73 Twenty20s for England, will stand behind the stumps for Northern Districts and bat at number eight.

Taylor said she was not placing added pressure on herself by setting any particular goals.

Only Southern Stars pace legend Cathryn Fitzpatrick has previously played men’s top grade cricket in Australia, appearing in one Twenty20 for Dandenong in 2006-07. Former Australian captain Karen Rolton featured in several B and C grade matches for Port Adelaide during the early 2000s.

Two years ago, Taylor played for Walmley in the Birmingham and District Premier League — one of England’s strongest club competitions. Taylor is in Australia to play for the Breezair SA Scorpions in the Women’s National Cricket League, and will carry confidence into Saturday’s match having scored an impressive 101 in the Scorpions’ first match of the season against the Lend Lease Breakers last weekend.

Northern Districts cricket director Sean Watt said Taylor’s selection had been endorsed by state talent manager Tim Nielsen and ex-Redbacks coach Darren Berry, now part of the Jets’ coaching panel.

Taylor has also signed with the Adelaide Strikers for the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League season.

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