We’re helping to celebrate the ECB’s Women’s Big Cricket Month here at Swardeston. We are kicking off a series of Q&A articles with our players with Beth Harmer, who was recently named in the Lightning squad for this year’s Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
Beth joined Swardeston in 2016 and during 2018 she was selected to be part of the Loughborough Lightning Development Programme, named the Loughborough Sparks.
Where did you start your cricket?
I started cricket first when participating in a kwik cricket competition at primary school.
Which primary school did you go to and High School?
Robert Kett Primary School and Wymondham High School.
What do you see as the obstacles in cricket to get girls and women playing?
Publicity is a huge factor. Growing up I would only be watching men’s cricket, only recently has this started to change but it is a step in the right direction.
What have you learned so far through playing cricket?
I have learnt that every game counts and that it’s important to not take playing for granted especially in the conditions we face in 2020.
Do you have any superstitions before a match?
Batter or bowler?
Slip or cover?
What is your greatest cricketing achievement?
Being selected for the Lightning squad 2020.
Who is the best cricketer you have played with?
What is your favourite ground?
Chelmsford County Ground.
Which one bit of advice would you pass on to women or girls wanting to start playing?
Enjoy every moment.
How did your love of cricket blossom or develop?
Playing alongside the men in league cricket thoroughly helped me become the player I am today. Having the challenge of playing against men helped me develop hugely.
Do your family or relatives play?
Which recent team mate has the best taste in clothes?
In your opinion who is the funniest cricketer you know and where do they play?
Kirstie Gordon – Lightning Cricket.
Which other sports do you enjoy playing and would recommend to take up?
Where are you this month and what are you continuting to study?
Training and playing for Lightning – I will be continuing my studies at Loughborough in the coming weeks.
What is the first thing you pack when you travel away to play a match?