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Female cricketer to make history playing for men's team

In the second of our series looking at women in sport meet one of England's top cricketers, as she looks to make her mark in the Midlands.

Sarah Taylor signed to play for the Walmley women's team but, having been a key part of England's success over the last few years, has now made history by being selected for the men's team.

Michael Sibert reports.

Who is cricket's Sarah Taylor?

England's Sarah Taylor during the NatWest Women's International T20 match Credit: PA

Sarah Taylor has been breaking down barriers ever since she started playing cricket. In 2004 she was at the centre of controversy when she played in the boys team at Brighton College with future England colleague Holly Colvin.

Since then she's become an integral part of the England set-up. As a powerful batswoman, she opened the batting when England won the World Cup in Australia in 2009. She's also a match-winner behind the wicket, taking a stumping and two catches in the final of the World T20 the same year.

Last year she was named the ICC's Woman T20 Cricketer of the Year.

Now she looks set to be the first woman to play in the men's Birmingham and District Premier League.


Sarah Taylor to make cricket history

England Women's cricketer Sarah Taylor will be the first woman to play in a Birmingham top flight men's competition when she lines up for Walmley Cricket Club in the Wiliamson Trophy on Saturday.

Sarah initially signed for the Midlands' club to play for their women's team but now looks set to be the first woman to play in the Birmingham and District Premier League in its 125-year history.

The wicketkeeper-batsman told ITV News Central:

From what I know, the Birmingham Premier League is a great league to be a part of. It would be great for the club to recognise women's talents so I'm hoping there could be a pathway for other women if there is a chance of me playing.

I'm just looking to be part of this club, and that's what it's about.

– Sarah Taylor