New Milton and Southern Vipers cricketer Charlotte Taylor crowned best newcomer in Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy
CHARLOTTE Taylor’s meteoric rise has been recognised by the Cricket Society, which crowned her the best newcomer in the ECB’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy competition.
The former Arnewood School pupil’s performance for the Southern Vipers took many by surprise after she was called into the squad as a late injury replacement.
New Milton’s Taylor produced the performance of her life in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final, taking six wickets to lead her side to the title at Edgbaston.
Despite playing in only half of the tournament, she ended the competition as the leading wicket-taker, with 15.
Taylor attended the Cricket Society awards dinner at the Oval, where she collected her award from MCC president Clare Connor.
The award ceremony centred on the 2020/2021 season, after Covid-19 forced the cancellation of last year’s function.
Taylor’s start was far from plain sailing after suffering a potentially career-ending cruciate ligament tear in 2017. After battling back to full fitness, she earned a recall by Hursley Park before Vipers’ coach and former England captain Charlotte Edwards called her up
The 27-year-old learned to play at New Milton Cricket Club in the U9 boys’ team, later joining Hursley Park CC as a 14-year-old.