Kate Cross

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Kate Cross
2018–19 WBBL PS v ST 18-12-29 Cross (01).jpg
Cross bowling during WBBL|04, 2018
Personal information
Full nameKathryn Laura Cross
Born (1991-10-03) 3 October 1991 (age 29)
Manchester, England
NicknameCrossy
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
RoleBowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 152)10 January 2014 v Australia
Last Test11 August 2015 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 124)29 October 2013 v West Indies
Last ODI28 February 2021 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.16
T20I debut (cap 36)24 October 2013 v West Indies
Last T20I20 December 2019 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2005–presentLancashire
2015/16Brisbane Heat
2016–2019Lancashire Thunder
2017/18–2018/19Western Australia
2018/19Perth Scorchers
2020–presentNorth West Thunder
Career statistics
Competition WTests WODI WT20I WLA
Matches 3 28 13 145
Runs scored 15 22 0 1,319
Batting average 5.00 5.50 14.49
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/5
Top score 4* 8* 0* 86
Balls bowled 554 1,212 264 6,068
Wickets 14 35 11 167
Bowling average 14.92 24.60 26.90 21.96
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling 3/29 5/24 2/18 5/24
Catches/stumpings 0/– 6/– 3/– 54/–
Source: CricketArchive, 8 March 2021

Kathryn Laura Cross (born 3 October 1991) is an English international cricketer.[1] She also co-hosts a podcast with Alex Hartley named No Balls.[2]

Career[edit]

Cross plays domestic cricket for Lancashire and North West Thunder.

A right-arm medium fast bowler and right-handed batsman, she was the first woman to be accepted into Lancashire's cricket academy in 2006[3] and won the Eversheds Most Promising Young Cricketer award in September 2007. She made her debut for the England Under-21 side in 2007. In October 2013 she was called up into the England senior squad to tour the West Indies. She made her T20 debut against the West Indies and in November 2013 made her One Day International debut, also against the West Indies. In her second game of the series (the first was washed out) she took 4 for 51 against the West Indies, a performance which earned her the Player of the Match Award. England won the final two games of a three match series and became the first team to win a series against the West Indies in the Caribbean.

In January 2010 she was called up to join the 2010/11 England Women tour of Australia after injuries to Beth Morgan and Claire Taylor.[4]

In January 2014, she was selected for the Women's Ashes Tour of Australia, during which she played in 6 matches of the 7 match series. In her debut Test Match at the WACA in Perth, Cross had match figures of 32 overs, 6 wickets for 70 runs in a game that England won by 61 runs; having taken 3 for 35 in both Australian innings. England went on to win the series and retain the Ashes by a margin of 10 points to 8.

In April 2014, she was one of the 18 women to be awarded the first professional contracts by the ECB.[5] In April 2015, she became the first woman to play in the Central Lancashire League, taking 3–19 in a game for Heywood, playing Clifton.[6] Later in the season, again playing for Heywood, she took 8–47 against Unsworth.[7]

In July 2015, she was signed by the Brisbane Heat for the inaugural Women's Big Bash as one of their two overseas players.[8]

In November 2018, she was named in the Perth Scorchers' squad for the 2018–19 Women's Big Bash League season.[9][10]

In February 2019, she was awarded a full central contract by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for 2019.[11][12] In June 2019, the ECB named her in England's squad for their opening match against Australia to contest the Women's Ashes.[13][14] In January 2020, she was named in England's squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia.[15]

On 18 June 2020, Cross was named in a squad of 24 players to begin training ahead of international women's fixtures starting in England following the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.[16][17]

In December 2020, Cross was announced as one of the commentators to feature on Talksport's commentary for England men's 2nd ODI against South Africa.[18] The series was abandoned before the match could take place due to a COVID-19 outbreak.[19]

In January 2021, Cross was announced as part of the squad[20] who travelled to New Zealand for 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Cross's nickname is "Crossy".[22] Her father David Cross was a footballer at various clubs including Coventry City, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, where he won the FA Cup in 1980, and Manchester City before moving to Vancouver White Caps. Her mother, Christine is a lawyer who specialises in matrimonial law.[3][23] Her brother, Robert, is a lawyer who is also general manager of Lancashire Thunder and Chairman of the Lancashire County Cricket Club Federation.[23][24] Her sister Jenny also works for Lancashire Thunder as a physiotherapist.[23] Cross achieved a 2-1 in her degree in Pysychology from Leeds University in 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kate Cross | Cricket Players and Officials". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "No Balls:The Cricket Podcast". 4 October 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Kathryn makes cricket history". Lancashire Telegraph. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 5 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Kate Cross called up for England | Women's Cricket Cricket News". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "England women earn 18 new central contracts". BBC. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Kate Cross: England bowler makes Central Lancashire League history". BBC. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "BBC Sport - Kate Cross takes eight wickets in Lancashire men's league match". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Dorries, Ben (28 July 2015). "Brisbane Heat snares English pace duo Kate Cross and Lauren Winfield". The Courier-Mail.
  9. ^ "WBBL04: All you need to know guide". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 30 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "The full squads for the WBBL". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Freya Davies awarded England Women contract ahead of India tour". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Freya Davies 'thrilled' at new full central England contract". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 6 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Fran Wilson called into England squad for Ashes ODI opener against Australia". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "England announce squad for opening Women's Ashes ODI". Times and Star. Retrieved 29 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "England Women announce T20 World Cup squad and summer fixtures". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 17 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "England Women confirm back to training plans". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 18 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "England Women return to training with September tri-series on the cards". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "talkSPORT Cricket on Twitter". Twitter. 5 December 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "South Africa v England: ODI series called off after Covid-19 tests". BBC Sport. 7 December 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "England women recall Tash Farrant for New Zealand tour". BBC Sport. 14 January 2021. Retrieved 21 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "England Women tour of New Zealand". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ Balding, Clare (19 February 2015). "Balding bowled over by England's women cricketers". BT Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ a b c "Kate Cross: England bowler 'didn't know her purpose' during anxiety struggles". BBC Sport. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ "Teams played for by Robert Cross". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 17 September 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Kathryn Cross at Wikimedia Commons