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WOMENS: Sarah Taylor to play in Australia A Grade Competition


Sarah Taylor in action for England Women against Australia at Hove in August

Sussex Women’s Captain Sarah Taylor is set to break more new ground this weekend when she becomes the first female player play to men’s A grade cricket in Australia.

26 year-old Taylor, a former Brighton College student who recently became the first women’s played to be inducted into Sussex’s ‘Legends Lane’ at The County Ground, will play for Northern Districts against Port Adelaide, in South Australia’s premier men’s competition.

She has played eight Tests, 98 One-Day Internationals and 73 T20s for England, and the ‘keeper-batsman will be behind the stumps for Northern Districts, and will bat at number eight.

“I’m obviously extremely proud to be picked and grateful to get the opportunity to pay at this level.” said Taylor.

“It goes without saying that I will be excited and nervous come Saturday morning, but I want to go out and play to the best of my ability and really enjoy myself. It will be testing but I am looking forward to the challenge.”

It won’t be the first time Taylor has played men’s cricket, having turned out for Walmley in the Birmingham and District Premier League a couple of years ago. She is currently in Australia to play for the Breezair SA Scorpions in the Women’s National Cricket League.

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