Liberty aims high

Liberty aims high

Cricketer Liberty Heap has caught the eye of England coaches after shining for Lancashire.

Student Liberty, 14, who plays a Lowerhouse CC, won the Under 13 Player of the Year award at a recent award ceremony at Old Trafford and has been selected for the prestigious Thunder Development Programme.

She also won a special prize at Lancashire Cricket Board’s presentation night, an award for the outstanding performance by an Under 13, after taking five wickets for 10 runs against Yorkshire.

“I have had a good season, I have played a few Under 15 games for my county as well Under 13 matches and I am proud to be on the Thunder Development Programme, which is part of the England pathway,” said Liberty.

“It’s a very difficult programme to get on to, so to get on it in my first year of trialling I was really happy.

“We have already had a couple of sessions and it’s a really high standard – it’s not just about cricket but about fitness and nutrition as well.”

Liberty has stormed onto the Lancashire scene, she was the leading wicket taker in all of the counties at Under 13 level last season and the second leading run scorer.

She celebrated her first century when she was 11 and holds the record for the most runs in all the counties for an Under 11 with 400.

All this has led to her catching the eye of England coaches and she has already been to national training session at Loughborough.

“It was a specialist session for off-spin bowlers which I was invited to attend after England scouts watched some of our county games,” said Liberty.

“My aim is to play for England. I watched the women lift the World Cup recently and that has inspired me.”