History Centre Heroes: Heather Knight

England women’s cricketer Heather Clare Knight was born in Plymouth on 26 December 1990.

Much of her early cricket education was at Plymstock Cricket Club where she started playing for the colts in the under-9s. Marcus Trescothick and Michael Atherton were her inspiration.

Heather Knight
Plymouth-born Heather Knight is the England Women’s Cricket Captain

Since 2001 she has progressed through the ranks at a local and regional level.

In May 2008 she became the first female to open the batting for a Devon League men’s side – playing for Plymstock in the Devon League B Division.

Later that year, in August 2008, she was one of five female cricketers from Devon invited to play at the ECB Junior Super 4 in Taunton – a competition where the 52 best under-19 girls play against each other.

In August 2009, after topping the Women’s County Championship, she was selected to represent the England Academy against a European select side.

In February 2010 she was drafted into the senior England women’s team for the first time in a one-day international against India. She hit 49 off 101 balls and opened the batting.

In January 2011 she scored her maiden half century in international cricket at Perth’s WACA ground during a one day international with Australia.

The plaudits and success kept coming on the international stage during 2012 and 2013.

Heather Knight in action
Heather Knight in action

In August 2014 she became England Vice Captain. Earlier this month she was named England Captain following the retirement of Charlotte Edwards. This step up was a natural progression for Knight who already has captaincy experience with Berkshire in county cricket and Hobart Hurricanes in the WBBL.

Next Monday the 25 year old former Plymstock School pupil will lead her country for the first time against Pakistan.

England play Pakistan in three one day internationals and three T20s between 20 June and 7 July before heading to the West Indies for a five-match one day international series in October.

In a recent interview the right-handed top-order batter said: “I’m hugely proud and honoured to be named England captain and can’t wait to face the challenges ahead. It’s a fresh, exciting time for the team and I’m looking forward to seeing how we can develop together.”

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