Heather leads side to World Cup win

By Sam Acourt in Local People

Former Plymstock Cricket Club player Heather Knight captained England’s cricket team to world cup success on Sunday.

Heather started playing at Plymstock when she was just eight years old, joining the men’s team, where she rose through the ranks to become the opening batsman for their first team at the age of 16.

She was named captain of the England team in June last year, and on Sunday, July 23, she led them to their third World Cup win on home soil, beating India by nine runs after dismissing them with just eight balls of the innings remaining.

England posted 228 for seven while India were all out for 219, playing in front of a sold-out Lord’s crowd, with a global TV audience in excess of 50 million, something that Heather Knight hopes will mean more women’s cricket matches played at the hallowed ground.

The thrilling match looked like it was going India’s way when they were 28 runs away from their target with seven wickets still in hand and 44 balls remaining, but a superb effort from Anya Shrubshole meant they fell short.

Speaking at the launch of the 2017 Kia Super League, Knight said: “It was good to see that with the Marylebone Cricket Club’s decision to bring in a women’s honours’ board.

It’s an honour to play at Lord’s and to see that honours’ board up in the dressing room it’s always great to know the history of the place.

“It’s brilliant that women’s cricket is going to be recognised and hopefully it means we’ll have a few more games there as well.”

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