Alice Capsey, the winner of the inaugural Women’s Young Player of the year award by the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) had an eventual 2021. Just 17 years of age, Capsey contributed to Oval Invincibles victory in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, then the South East Stars victory in Charlotte Edwards Cup, and also got her first professional contract followed by a call for England A ahead of their tour to Australia for the Ashes later this month.
Reflecting back on her 2021 performance, Capsey in interaction with BBC Sports said,
“It’s been incredible,”
“It’s definitely one I’ll hold on to. I’m not sure it’s going to be like this forever.”
The nervous Capsey as she shares in the interview went on to finish The Hundred as the third-highest run-getter as well as wicket-taker for the Invincibles, smashing a half-century at Lord’s and aggregating 150 runs equalling it with one of the premier South African all-rounders Marizanne Kapp. Recording her personal best spell of 2/9, the all-rounder took 10 wickets at an average of 12.20.
Following the 100-ball per side competition, Capsey displayed a player of the match performance during the Final of the 2021 Charlotte Edwards Cup smashing an unbeaten 40 off just 26 balls for southeast Stars guiding them to a comfortable victory against the Northern Diamonds. For her exceptional performance, she was awarded PCA’s inaugural Women’s Young player award and then her first professional contract.
The interaction ended on a light note as young Capsey shares her excitement for the big competition, the Ashes calling it as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Concluding with some jolly words,
“Hopefully, the Invincibles will have me back in 2022,” You’d think they would, wouldn’t you?”, she asked.
Source: Jack Butler / BBC Sport
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