Young Lancashire cricketer hailed as future star

Young Lancashire cricketer hailed as future star

Liberty in action and, right, with step-dad Ben Pictures: SOFIA BOUZIDI

Liberty in action and, right, with step-dad Ben Pictures: SOFIA BOUZIDI

First published in News

A YOUNG cricketing protégé has been hailed as a future star – by the England women’s team captain Charlotte Edwards.

All-rounder Liberty Heap-Gibbons met Charlotte after being invited to a special training day, and impressed her with her skills.

And 34-year-old Charlotte, who led her team to Ashes glory in Australia in January, praised the 10-year-old on Twitter following the session, on Friday morning.

She said: “Lovely to meet Liberty. #futurestar.”

Liberty plays for Lowerhouse Cricket Club and Lancashire, and has played at under-15 levels with children much older.

The Briercliffe Primary School pupil, who lives in Lowerhouse with her beautician mum Shelly, 37, and cricketer step-dad Ben, 25, said: “I liked meeting Charlotte because she inspires me. When the Ashes were on, I watched her on the TV and I want to be like her.”

Liberty has been playing cricket for around 18 months, and got her love for the sport from Ben, Lowerhouse vice-captain and youth coach.

He said: “Just before her ninth birthday, she said she wanted to give cricket a go. Since then, we have practised three or four times a week.

“Everybody at Lancashire Cricket Club got an email with the opportunity to go and meet Charlotte, and to train with her. Charlotte was a really nice woman, and had a real presence about her. She was taller than I thought she would be too.”

Ben said Liberty has her sights set on becoming a full-time cricketer when she’s older and, with the England and Wales Cricket Board offering women professional contracts for the first time recently, she has a chance to make a living from the game.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree