Q&A with the newest member of the Complete Cricket team – Marie Kelly

There is no end to how far we can grow the female game at Complete Cricket; through increasing participation rates and improving performance levels, we can create so many more opportunities for girls to develop, achieve and enjoy playing cricket, as well as aspire to produce future England Women’s cricketers!

Name: Marie Kelly
Age: 22
Current Teams: Walmley CC & Birmingham Bears Women’s Captain.
Career highlights: Warwickshire Men’s Academy, England Women’s U19’s Development Programme and Loughborough Lightning KIA Super League.

How did you start playing cricket?

I used to play tennis when I was younger and played against Trevor Penney’s daughter…he recommended Earlswood CC to us, so went along and never looked back!

Who did you aspire to when growing up?

Charlotte Edwards for her leadership skills as well as her batting prowess.

What is your current playing position?

Top order bat and Captain of Warwickshire Women/Birmingham Bears.

Career highlight?

Scoring 201* vs Cheshire in the Warwickshire U17’s.

What is your role at Complete Cricket?

My primary objective is to drive the growth of Women and Girls Cricket within the county and further afield. This involves developing Women and Girls Cricket within schools and clubs, as well as providing extra opportunities for girls to play cricket such as through our academy programme and exciting UK and international tours.

How far do you think you can take Women’s Cricket with Complete Cricket?

We have a great base of female cricketers here already which I believe we can really expand on now, in line with what is set to be a fantastic year all round for women’s cricket. I think there is no end to how far we can grow the female game at Complete Cricket; through increasing participation rates and improving performance levels, we can create so many more opportunities for girls to develop, achieve and enjoy playing cricket, as well as aspire to produce future England Women’s cricketers!

What are you most excited about for the future of women’s cricket?

I’m most excited about the prospect of professionalism for women and girls at a regional level. There are going to be a lot of changes within the next two years in both the women and men’s game which I think we have to approach with an open mind and certain positivity, to see what doors this may open for the future. I think women’s cricket is starting to get the recognition it deserves, but there is certainly a long way to go and I’m excited to see it being showcased more at all levels, not just international, and the impact that this will have on grass roots participation.  

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