Up and coming cricketer Danielle Gibson looks ahead to the 2021 cricket season

The 19-year-old right armer as been playing cricket for as long as she can remember, like most, she took it up as it runs in the family. She said “My dad plays semi-professionally, and also my brothers play so I just used to play in the garden with them a lot then when I got a bit older, my dad took me up to his cricket club, Dumbleton and I just started playing from there really.

“When I was younger, I never used to watch cricket, Women’s cricket was never on TV, and it would always be men

“I’d never be interested in Test matches, I found it so boring. But growing up, in terms of sporting-heroes, I quite like Andrew Flintoff.

“He was obviously an all-rounder, but saying that, I wouldn’t really say I had a specific person. My favourite player at the moment is Ben Stokes, he’s another all-rounder.”

Gibson plays for Dumbleton Cricket Club in Gloucestershire, Wales in County cricket, she is in the Western Storm squad who will play T20 and 50 over cricket this year. The bowler has also been drafted in to play for London Spirit who will play their home games at Lord’s.

“I was sixteen when I first joined Western Storm in the Kia Super League, at that stage it was more of an experience and learning what it was like to be more of a professional cricketer.

“I’ve played for Western Storm for 3 years, but unfortunately in my third year, I got injured.

“But then they changed the regional setup and I was asked by Lisa Padgett if I wanted to join them as the first 3 retained contracted players and I was just happy to take up the offer straight away.”

The Rachel Hey-Hoe Flint trophy launched last year in probably the most weird season some of us had experienced. This year, we are all hoping for a different season, even if it’s only slightly closer to the ‘normal’. Gibson gave us the rundown on all her cricket she will be playing this year: “This year, with Storm, it’ll start at the end of June and we’ll play T20 and the Rachel Hey-Hoe Flint Trophy, which is 50 overs.

“I’ll also be playing for London Spirit in The Hundred and that starts in July and ends in August.

“I’m not sure if we’ll be able to play for Wales at the moment just because of Covid-19 and being in and around groups of people, but hopefully that will go ahead as well at the end of April.”

Like most cricketers, wearing the three lions is the ultimate goal. Gibson explained: “My main goal is to play for England, that is just the ideal goal, within the next 5 to 10 years, I’ll be playing for them and have a consistent spot within the team hopefully.”

Speaking about her career so far, Gibson said: “In my second year at Storm. I was playing in every game, making my debut, and bowling. That’s my cricketing highlight.”

Park Life Sport wish the bowler all the best for the 2021 season.

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