Shine Bright Like A Diamond
Lauren Winfield started the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy with a bang, scoring a brilliant century in the opening game for Northern Diamonds. We caught up with her to talk about the tournament, and how women's cricket is evolving.
You started off the season with a brilliant century in the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy. How was your preparation going in, and how much confidence does that give you going forwards?
Prep went really well. I feel like my game and my mind is in the best place it has been in a long time. I’ve stripped everything back and I am just focusing on keeping things simple. It’s obviously nice to get a couple of big scores under my belt early in the season and that gives me good confidence and belief in things moving forward. I’m just really excited about a summer full of cricket and opportunities after a diluted season last year.
This is the tournament’s second year – what are you memories of the first year?
Bittersweet. Great to get to the final but disappointing not to win it. I think the whole squad is really keen to go one better this year and with a winter under our belts, all the domestic players look like they have improved massive amounts.
How do you see your team’s chances this season?
We are very much in it to win it and go one better than last year.
How do you feel interest in the women’s cricket has changed over the last few years? Do new tournaments like this help?
Tournaments like this are crucial for the women’s game and it has created great interest for the players to want to be a part of it, and for the spectators to get behind the competition. The standard is brilliant and it’s great to be playing at the major grounds on good wickets.
What more can be done to improve coverage and audience consumption of the women’s game? What changes would you like to see happen (think broadcasting, investment, etc)
I would like to see more games on TV and a big push for crowd attendance at the games. The only way we can push participation is if people can visually see the games.
What changes would you like to see come into the game from a product point of view? How well catered for do you feel by cricket manufactures? What do you want to see more of?
I am personally very well catered for with Gray-Nicolls, and in my opinion they make the best bags in the game. My bats have evolved over time to be more specific to me with the weight and pick-up being lighter. I would like that progression to continue with soft gear too.