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GEMMA AND FINTY SELECTED FOR SOUTHERN VIPERS

Admm8h | 27 May 2021

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We are delighted to announce the news that Finty and Gemma have both been selected for the Southern Vipers 18 strong playing squad. Here they share their stories of their journey into cricket.

 

Finty:

 

I first stepped on a cricket field as a sub fielder for my brother’s team in New Zealand when I was 7, and fell in love with the sport. I came back to the UK and joined St Cross Symondians Cricket Club aged 10, where I played with both girls and boys, and I was soon picked up for District and then U11 Hampshire.

 

After a couple of rocky seasons and some hard work, I was picked for Hampshire and the Elite Player Pathway in 2019 and soon after, the Southern Vipers Regional Academy. After a good 2020 season, I made my debut for Hampshire Women this year in May 2021, soon followed with my Southern Vipers debut alongside my schoolmate Gemma.

 

Gemma:

 

My first experience of cricket was playing with my older brother in the garden. Then, aged 10, I joined Hartley Wintney CC, and at the end of that summer I was picked for the U11 County squad. I have been selected for Hampshire’s county age group team every year since then.

 

At Hartley Wintney, I played in the boys’ U13A team as well as the girls team. Then, when I was 13, I moved to Odiham & Greywell CC to play in the boys’ U15A team and the Women’s team. When I was 16, I moved to Alton CC where I currently play for the Women’s team. At LWC, I opened the bowling in the U14A and U15A boys’ teams, and in 2021 became the first girl to be selected for the 1st XI.

 

In 2018, when I was 15, I was first selected for the Southern Vipers Regional Academy. I made my senior county debut for Hampshire Women in 2020. Then, within a week of my 18th birthday in May 2021 I made my debut for the Southern Vipers and was awarded a semi-professional contract.

 

Southern Vipers Announce 2021 Playing Squad

 

Finty and Gemma receiving their caps from Head Coach, Charlotte Edwards CBE (Former Captain of the England Women’s Cricket Team)

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