A TEENAGER has made history by becoming the first girl to play for a school’s cricket team.
Rachel Richardson, 17, from Uppingham, made her debut for the Stamford School third XI against Worksop College in May.
She became the first girl in the school’s 500-year history to play for the team, but Rachel was not just there to make up the numbers.
The Year 12 pupil produced a match-winning display, taking six wickets for 26 runs to give Stamford School the victory by 30 runs. Our picture shows her with her scoreboard. Worksop were all out for 126.
Rachel was pleased with her history-making performance.
She said: “I think because I did well in the match I proved that girls can play for the boys’ team.
“Playing felt pretty good because it is a first for the school. I have always been accepted by the guys because I bowl at the nets with them and I have classes with some on the team.
“They all think it’s quite cool to have a girl on the team. I think they were quite impressed and we had a lot of fun.”
Rachel started playing cricket for Uppingham Cricket Club about six years ago and now plays for the Leicestershire women’s team as well.
She plans to keep playing when she goes to university.
Richard Brewster, coach of the third XI team and a teacher at Stamford School, said: “Rachel’s match-winning performance has become a landmark moment in Stamford School’s rich and enduring history of cricketing success.
“Rachel is clearly an outstanding cricketer and, as the performance against Worksop demonstrates, a much valued member of the team.”
The school plays 115 cricket fixtures in the summer term against teams across the region.
Former England cricket captain and rugby player Mike Smith was a pupil at the school.