Alice Capsey in recent times in women’s cricket has been the most talked name and its so for all right reasons. The name alone, Alice Capsey, is starting to define class, maturity, and the future of English cricket. Legends of the game have been pouring in high praises for the 18-year-old cricketing sensation.
After a couple of good outings at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games, it was a campaign of starts for Alice Capsey, but as soon as she put on the Oval Invincibles shirt days after the Commonwealth Games she’d sealed the win for her side with 4 consecutive boundaries in her knock of 25*(8) on her 18th birthday. The amount of incredible growth Alice Capsey had enjoyed, she’s had the same amount of pressure pile on as well but has looked unfazed by it all standing upto everyone’s expectations. Recently we’d seen a great of the game, Marizanne Kapp tweet, “She’s going to be a superstar!! 🔥” for Alice Capsey to which the icon of the game, Mithali Raj responded, “I second that” should have you fancied about Alice Capsey.
Know the Alice Capsey story :
The relationship between Capsey and cricket is an old one as she’d started playing the sport when she was just 6 years old at the Capel Cricket Club in Dorking. Alice Capsey when was 15 made her debut in the County Championship playing for Surrey against Hampshire and registered figures of 3/65 with the ball. In the same year, she’d played in 5 T20I games and bagged 7 wickets at an average of 13.14. Alice Capsey was part of the England Academy intake for the year 2019/20.
Alice Capsey in 2020 was part of the Surrey side that won their first London Cup, she’d scored 17 runs opening the batting. In the same year, Capsey played for South East Stars in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and appeared in all six matches. She’d finished as the side’s leading run-scorer with 141 runs at an average of 28.20, as well as taking 2 wickets. She also got to her maiden half-century and List A high score in the tournament, scoring 73* to help her side win by 6 wickets against Sunrisers.
Capsey in 2021, was Surrey’s leading run-scorer and leading wicket-taker in the Women’s Twenty20 Cup, with 134 runs and 8 wickets to her name. In the same year, Capsey played for Oval Invincibles in the Hundred. She’d scored a very good 59 off 41 balls in her second game for the Invincibles. Capsey had won the Hundred with Oval Invincibles in its inaugural year and also finished the competition ranked third in the most valuable player (MVP) rankings.
Her 2021 only got better as she continued her form into the Charlotte Edwards Cup, where in a victory cause she scored 61 batting for South East Stars against Southern Vipers and also bagged 2 wickets. Alice Capsey top-scored with 40* in the final against the Northern Diamonds to help her side win the tournament and received the Player of the Match Award, she’d finished as the fourth-highest run-scorer and bagged 7 wickets in total. Late last year, she was voted as the inaugural Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) Women’s Young Player of the Year for her performances. She’d soon signed a professional contract with the South East Stars at the end of the season.
In December 2021, Capsey was named in England’s A squad for their tour to Australia. On tour, she played five matches and top-scored with 44 off 31 in the opening T20I. Mid this year, in July 2022, Alice Capsey was named in England’s squad for their T20I series against South Africa. She’d made her debut in the 2nd T20I and also picked up her first international wicket in the very 1st over and it’d come in the form of a much-needed breakthrough for the side, but wasn’t required to bat. In her 2nd match, she’d scored 25 runs which gave the unknowns a snippet of her play. Immediately after the South Africa series came the inaugural edition of women’s cricket at the Commonwealth Games where in England’s game against Sri Lanka she’d shown maturity and took the game deep and with a score of 44 sealed the game for the side, but just couldn’t close out. In the very next game against South Africa, she displayed aggression in her play and got to her maiden 50 in international cricket.
That’s been Alice Capsey’s incredible journey to and at international cricket so far. Watch out as the story of this young cricketing sensation will only get richer and much more decorative with time.