Worcestershire Rapids signs national star with ECB contract

The Worcestershire Women’s Rapids have announced the signing of left-hander Ami Campbell on loan for the 2021-22 season.

The signing is described as a “major blow” for the club as Campbell joins the West Midlands regional team, Central Sparks, from Northern Diamonds, after signing his first full-time professional contract as part of the announced expanded roster. by the ECB.

The 30-year-old signed for the Rapids to play T20 and 50 cricket and captain Chloe Hill, another Central Sparks player, couldn’t be happier with the signing.

She said: “Ami Campbell came to Central Sparks this year as a Northern Diamonds professional contract player.

“I’ve known Ami for a few years from playing against her, and I had a little note in training with the Sparks.

“She moved to live in Birmingham, and I said ‘you will have to find a county in the Sparks area, you are more than welcome to come to Worcestershire’.

“I said ‘you’ll have play time and the chance to show off what you can do’, and she was thrilled to join the loan.”

Ami Campbell joins the team on loan after enjoying success with the Northern Diamonds (PA)

Hill added, “She’s a dominant hitter. She hit in middle order for the Diamonds but, in the T20, she will likely open or be in the first four.

“Ami has signed up to play in the T20 and 50 over competitions. The papers have been completed correctly and I am delighted.

Last summer, Campbell showed her quality by leading the Diamonds to the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final, in which she scored 60 points as her team narrowly lost to the Southern Vipers.

She played throughout the competition, finishing the Diamonds’ second-highest scorer with 223 points in seven strokes, averaging 31.85.

The Diamonds also reached the Charlotte Edwards Cup final, with Campbell in the group stage of the T20 competition.

Campbell was also listed in The Hundred’s inaugural season with the Northern Superchargers, but was not listed for the side.

She’s not the only Rapids player to have secured a professional contract for the upcoming season with bowler Emily Arlott who has once again landed a contract.

There are now 51 full-time contract women in domestic play.

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