On 18th August at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, the clash between the London Spirit Women and Welsh Fire Women took place. On winning the match, Tammy Beaumont of the London Spirit team encouraged more investment in women’s cricket after the amazing performances that were witnessed in the soon-to-end Hundred tournament’s first edition.
In the post-match interview, Beaumont mentioned that the Hundred had proven to be an immensely successful event. The tournament attracted large crowds, provided a good exposure to new players and also witnessed many brilliant performances. She had enjoyed interacting with the crowds. The home crowd at Lord’s being exceptional and so much into the game, was something she had never seen before. She hoped that the young girls and boys who are currently watching the tournament might be playing it in 10 years’ time.
When asked about what she would want the organizers to do to improve the women’s competitions platform, Beaumont replied, “I think just more investment in the women’s side of things. Get more players on contracts and full-time professionals.”
“You’ve got to remember a lot of these girls go back to work next week.”, Tammy laughed. “You know we can professionalize our side, get as many girls as full-time professionals if possible. You see the talent out here like Danielle Gibson today, how good was she. Charlie Dean has been so good. Let’s get more girls, like professional cricketers and the standard is just going to keep rising.”
Beaumont has also been a commentator and would love to sit in the commentary box again once she retires after playing for a few more years.
The interview was wrapped up with some motivation from Beaumont for aspiring cricketers.
“Give anything a try, try anything. You go in, you gotta try to switch it. Try to hit every ball for six and make mistakes and just learn from them. Don’t be scared.”
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