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‘This is a great time for female Scottish cricketers like Rachel Slater’

This time last year, Rachel Slater made her regional cricket debut for Northern Diamonds. This year, she is bowling alongside Australian international Mitchell Starc in the Headingley nets.

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“It was quite mental to be fair,” Slater said. How to go about

“He was kind of my idol growing up, so it was really cool and really useful and I definitely took a lot away from him. It was an unreal opportunity.”

Slater, who was born in the United States, brought up in Leeds, and qualifies for Scotland through her Glasgow-born mother, is still only 20 but has made a meteoric rise to the highest levels of cricket. Is.

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After joining The Hundred last year as an injury replacement for the Northern Superchargers, playing just one game, he has since made his regional debut, been selected to represent Scotland, and was named in this year’s competition. So he returned to Headingley.

The Superchargers’ new professional franchise had a disappointing second campaign in the 100-ball cricket tournament, which features eight men’s and eight women’s teams across major cities in England and Wales.

However, Slater is confident the experience will help him contribute to the national team when Scotland hosts Ireland in three games this week starting on Monday, followed by the same rivals, the United States and Bangladesh. will go into the World Cup Qualifier against month.

“It’s been really exciting playing for Scotland,” he said. “It wasn’t something I really expected, but getting more opportunities to play against some big names and some really good players can only be a positive thing for my cricket.

“The more cricket you play, especially at the highest level, the more different situations you are in and you learn how to deal with them. I think any time you are bowling and 10,000 people are watching. You’re less. Stressful, but the more stressful situations you are exposed to, the easier it becomes.”

Slater is part of a strong Scotland contingent in this year’s Women’s Hundred squads. Ibtaha Maqsood has been a regular fixture at the Birmingham Phoenix side, while the Bryce sisters, Catherine and Sarah, represent Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire respectively.

For Scottish players, the competition has provided opportunities not widely available to cricketers across the border at the moment.

Slater said that all the England girls at an international level are professional and then domestically there are also professional contracts. “There is none like this in Scotland, so all the girls work or study full-time – some are still at school.

'This is a great time for female Scottish cricketers like Rachel Slater'

“I think the main thing is the funding and the fact that people have to fit it into their lives, whereas we’re so privileged here that we don’t have to and I can make a living playing cricket. And can focus everything on cricket, which obviously helps.”

New ICC status helps Scots ‘put their foot down.
It was not only The Hundred that gave Scottish women cricketers the opportunity to play professionally at intervals throughout the year. Bryce and Slater have professional contracts with England’s regional centers and Maqsood has spent time at the Sunrisers this summer.

“I think, whether it’s the opportunities that people have in England or the things that are available in Scotland, either way, it’s the opportunity and people to get their name out there and get paid to play cricket,” Slater said. Should.”

“Even if it’s just for the summer and not the winter, it’s better than nothing. But, definitely, it’s something I hope will happen soon. And hopefully, it’s only a matter of time.”

With new opportunities available to Scottish players south of the border, wider avenues are also opening up in Scotland for women to play high-quality cricket.

Earlier this year, the ICC granted one-day international status to Scotland and four other nations, giving the national team more scope to compete against different opposition and further develop the national set-up.

“It’s really good and hopefully we can put our foot down and get some recognition,” Slater said. “I think every country ranked above us is professional, so I think we’re definitely capable of competing at that level and with the big teams – we just need to do it.

“It’s a great time to be a female Scottish cricketer and cricket is definitely on the rise and, as I said, the talent is there.”

Slater is also aware that many Scottish faces could have an impact on the world’s most widely televised domestic women’s cricket tournament.

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