Women’s Sport: Emma Lamb becomes the latest England player to be granted a rookie contract

Emma Lamb

After graduating from Edge Hill University last year, Emma Lamb has been rewarded with a rookie contract for England.

The 22 year-old all-rounder, who plays domestically for Lancashire, has impressed for her county for a number of years. Lamb played a pivotal role in Lancashire’s double silverware success in 2017, picking up 13 wickets and scoring 333 runs.

A right-handed opening batter, who bowls medium pace, Lamb has come-up through the Lancashire age-group system. After averaging over 100 at U17 level, she made her senior debut in the Women’s County Championship in 2012 against Warwickshire and then made her first century the following year against Durham.

Lamb is also one of just two women to play for Lancashire men’s academy program, along with Kate Cross, playing alongside her brother Danny at the age of just 16.

Accomplished across all formats, Lamb also featured in the Women’s Cricket Super league for the Lancashire Thunder and has been picked up by Manchester Originals for the inaugural season of The Hundred which is due to start later this year.

Having spent recent years balancing both a university degree and professional cricket, Lamb told Beyond the Boundary “I don’t think you can underestimate how difficult it can be to balance university studies with training. It’s quite hard to focus on just the cricket,”

“After completing my Sports and Exercise Science degree at Edge Hill University, I’ve earned my contract so cricket’s now my main focus where it wasn’t before.”

With years of domestic cricket already in the bag and University now completed, this could well be the start of a long international career.

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