As the 2019 Kia Super League season is around the corner, Loughborough Lightning have announced their first signing, the Scotland Captain and Loughborough University student Kathryn Bryce. Bryce made her debut in 2011 for the national team at 13.
Bryce is currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University. She has already played for Scotland in the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament. Having played for a long time, her international experience will be helpful for Lightning.
She was selected as a part of the ICC Associate Rookie Programme for the Melbourne Stars during the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) which gave her the opportunity to rub the shoulder of some of best International players like Australia captain Meg Lanning.
With this signing, she is going to miss Quadrangular T20I tournament of Scotland in August. However, she will play in their global qualifier later in the same month.
While speaking about the new signing, Bryce, Head Coach Rob Taylor said, “I am extremely grateful to Cricket Scotland for agreeing to release Kathryn for the KSL this summer and be absent from the Quadrangular T20I tournament in Holland. She is a 3 dimensional cricketer and will be a valuable asset to our Lightning Squad, with lots of experience of leading Scotland in high pressure tournaments. We hope that her time with us this summer, not only helps us win the KSL but will prepare her for the World Cup Qualifiers at the end of the summer.”
Simon Smith, the Cricket Scotland high-performance manager expressed, “Missing an international tournament was a difficult decision for Kathryn to make, and we fully support her in that decision. Playing in a high-quality domestic competition with and against some of the best players in world cricket is sure to be good for Kathryn’s development, and the Wildcats are bound to benefit from her having had this opportunity.”
“We’ve collaborated with former Scotland men’s player Rob Taylor, now Head Coach of Lightning, throughout the process. We’re grateful to Rob for providing Kathryn with the KSL opportunity, and for releasing her to join up with the Wildcats for the Global Qualifier, as it will mean missing Lightning’s last pool match, and Finals Day should they get there,” Smith further added. “We wish Kathryn, Rob and their Lightning colleagues every success in their 2019 KSL campaign.”
The 2019 Kia Super League season will begin from 6th August where Lightning will face Western Storm at Haslegrave cricket ground.