North West Thunder

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North West Thunder
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Personnel
Captain Alex Hartley (2020–)-
Coach Paul Shaw (2020–)
Team information
Colours   Red and grey
Established2020
Home ground Chester Boughton Hall
Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Rookwood Cricket Ground
History
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Official website Thunder Cricket
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North West Thunder, commonly referred to as Thunder, are a women's cricket team that represent Lancashire and North West England, one of eight regional hubs in English domestic women's cricket. They play their home matches at various grounds, including Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club. [1] [2] They are captained by Alex Hartley and coached by Paul Shaw. [3] The team carries over many elements of the WCSL team Lancashire Thunder, but are now partnered with Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria. [4]

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History

In 2020, women's cricket in England was restructured, creating eight new 'regional hub' teams, with the intention of playing both 50-over and 20-over cricket. [5] North West Thunder were one of the sides created under this structure, effectively replacing the Women's Cricket Super League team Lancashire Thunder and representing Lancashire and North West England, partnering with Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria. [4] The side was to be captained by Alex Hartley and coached by Paul Shaw. [6] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 season was truncated, and only 50-over cricket was played, in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. [7] North West Thunder finished third in the North Group of the competition, winning two of their six matches. [8] At the end of the season, five Thunder players were given full-time domestic contracts, the first of their kind in England: Alex Hartley, Georgie Boyce, Emma Lamb, Eleanor Threlkeld and Hannah Jones. [9]

The following season, 2021, North West Thunder competed in both the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the newly-formed Twenty20 competition, the Charlotte Edwards Cup. In the Charlotte Edwards Cup the side finished third in their group, winning two of their six matches, as well as their away match against Sunrisers ending in a tie. [10] [11] Thunder batter Emma Lamb hit the first Charlotte Edwards Cup century in the reverse fixture against Sunrisers, as her side made the highest team score of the tournament, 186/1. [12] [13] In the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, the team finished seventh in the group of eight, winning three of their seven matches. [14] North West Thunder bowler Hannah Jones was the joint-second highest wicket-taker in the tournament, with 14 wickets. [15]

Home grounds

VenueGames hosted by season
20 21Total
Aigburth Cricket Ground, Liverpool 22
Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club 44
Old Trafford Cricket Ground 11
Rookwood Cricket Ground, Sale 11

Players

Current squad

As per 2021 season. [16]

No.NameNationalityBirth dateBatting StyleBowling StyleNotes
Batters
8 Georgie Boyce Flag of England.svg  England 4 October 1998 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm medium
12 Laura Marshall Flag of England.svg  England 1 November 1993 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm medium
26 Rebecca Duckworth Flag of England.svg  England 30 October 2000 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm medium
30 Danielle Collins Flag of England.svg  England 7 July 2000 (age 21)Left-handedRight-arm medium
All-rounders
6 Emma Lamb  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 16 December 1997 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm off break
10 Natalie Brown Flag of England.svg  England 16 October 1990 (age 31)Right-handedRight-arm medium
18 Piepa Cleary Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 17 July 1996 (age 25)Right-handedRight-arm medium Overseas player
22 Laura Jackson Flag of England.svg  England 27 December 1997 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm medium
50 Daisy Mullan Flag of England.svg  England 29 November 2002 (age 18)Right-handedRight-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
21 Eleanor Threlkeld Flag of England.svg  England 16 November 1998 (age 23)Right-handed
35 Alice Clarke Flag of England.svg  England 4 August 2001 (age 20)Left-handedRight-arm medium
47 Seren Smale Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales UnknownRight-handed
Bowlers
7 Hannah Jones Flag of England.svg  England 10 February 1999 (age 22)Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
16 Kate Cross  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 3 October 1991 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm medium fast
19 Sophie Ecclestone  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 6 May 1999 (age 22)Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
39 Liberty Heap Flag of England.svg  England 16 September 2003 (age 18)Right-handedRight-arm off break
43 Sophia Turner Flag of England.svg  England 23 April 2003 (age 18)Right-handedRight-arm medium
63 Alice Dyson Flag of England.svg  England 28 January 1999 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm medium
65 Alex Hartley  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 6 September 1993 (age 28)Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Club captain
Phoebe Graham Flag of England.svg  England 23 October 1991 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm medium

Academy

The North West Thunder Academy team plays against other regional academies in friendly and festival matches across various formats. The Academy selects players from across the North West region, and includes some players who are also in the first team squad. Players in the 2022 Academy are listed below: [17]

NameCounty
Olivia Bell Cheshire
Olivia Brinsden Cumbria
Summer Carrington Lancashire
Grace Johnson Lancashire
Tilly Kesteven Cheshire
Emilia Lamb Lancashire
Grace Michell Cheshire
Sophie Morris Cheshire
Brianna Ray Cumbria
Bethan Robinson Cheshire
Amelia Sammons Lancashire
Emily Sutton Lancashire

Overseas players

Coaching staff

As of the 2021 season. [6]

Seasons

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

SeasonFinal standingLeague standings [18] Notes
PWLTNRBPPtsNRRPos
2020 Group Stage6240019−0.5153rdDNQ
2021 Group Stage73400113−0.6207thDNQ

Charlotte Edwards Cup

SeasonFinal standingLeague standingsNotes
PWLTNRBPPtsNRRPos
2021 Group Stages62310111+0.0293rdDNQ

Statistics

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – summary of results [19]
YearPlayedWinsLossesTiedNRWin %
2020 6240033.33
2021 7340042.86
Total13580038.46
Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy – teamwise result summary [20]
OppositionMatWonLostTiedNRWin %
Central Sparks 3120033.33
Lightning 3210066.67
Northern Diamonds 303000.00
South East Stars 11000100.00
Southern Vipers 101000.00
Sunrisers 11000100.00
Western Storm 101000.00

Charlotte Edwards Cup

Charlotte Edwards Cup - summary of results
YearPlayedWinsLossesTiedNRWin %
2021 6231033.33
Total6231033.33
Charlotte Edwards Cup - teamwise result summary
OppositionMatWonLostTiedNRWin %
Northern Diamonds 2110050.00
Sunrisers 2101050.00
Western Storm 202000.00

Records

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

Charlotte Edwards Cup

See also

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