Chloe Hill has taken another major step forward in her cricket career after playing at Lords in the ground-breaking MCC Women’s Day.
Chloe Hill – Keeping wicket at Lords.
The game saw Hill represent the MCC Women’s team who played the Middlesex Women at the home of cricket last Tuesday (April 24).
It was an historic selection for a player who boasts a currently playing CV of Worcestershire Women (vice captain), Banbury Women (captain), Banbury Men (2s) (wicket Keeper), MCC and Middlesex Women’s academy.
Hill also represents the Lord Taverners, where she has played many matches with players of the calibre Andy Caddick, Simon Jones, Paul Pritchard and Paul Aldred, to name but a few.
The Buckingham-based player spoke to Sports Shots about her experience, starting with how she was selected.
I’ve been on the MCC and Middlesex Women’s Cricket academy program all winter, which I got selected for, and have been training up at Lord’s weekly throughout the winter. Myself and another girl got picked for this game to play for the MCC. So it must have meant I’ve been training well.
My initial thoughts were excitement and extremely nervous as the thought of playing at Lords was a dream. I mean it’s the home of Cricket, I know Mum and Dad were extremely proud when I told them the news and Dad was slightly jealous that I was going to be the first Hill to play at Lords.
Such a prestigious occasion saw the time leading up to the game, containing household names, filled with emotions.
The build-up was massive to that game and I knew that it was going to be a big day and an historic day for women’s Cricket and to be a part of that makes me feel extremely proud. Oh some big names on my team were my captain Charlotte Edwards, and current England players Georgia Elwiss and Sarah Taylor. And to play on the same team as Sarah Taylor was amazing, she’s someone in women’s Cricket who I’ve always looked up too and aspired to be like.
It was certainly a game that will live long in the memory.
The day was amazing, it’s an absolute dream to be playing on the hallowed turf. The crowd of 5000+ was the biggest ever to watch a non-international ladies cricket match. I got told some advice before the day and that was to take at least 2 minutes to just stop what I was doing and take the whole atmosphere in. If I’m honest it still feels a bit surreal to say I’ve played at Lords, and to use the Home dressing room where some of the greatest Cricket players have used is unreal.
Sarah Taylor gave me the gloves for the match and I took a stumping which was Beth Morgan of Middx (ex England player). Unfortunately I did not get to bat; I was due to be next in.
So where next for the up-and-coming 21 year-old.
The future for my cricketing career is something I want to keep progressing. So this means a lot more hard work and just to have a good season with Worcestershire and hopefully get noticed. I then aim to get into a KSL Team and then once I’ve achieved that hopefully the aim of England academy and so on.
The dream of representing her country at international level is certainly one which would not surprise those who have followed the talented Hill closely. The combination of ability and drive are the ingredients that are likely to see Hill progress to the top of the women’s game.