SNCC speaks to England Womens Star Danielle Hazell

1st May 2020

From practising in what was then more of an indoor shed to world cup winner!
Following the ECB announcement on further delays to the professional season, we caught up with Danielle Hazell and asked her a few questions regarding her time at South North and her career. 
Danni was lined up to coach the Yorkshire Diamonds in the Hundred competition against the Oval Invincibles in what would have been a return to the club.
We asked Danni what got her into cricket. Her earliest memories of South North, and her memories of training/playing for the club. Her professional career highlight’s. Her involvement and excitement for the hundred. Her thoughts on women’s cricket and what she was doing in the lockdown.
• “I got into cricket threw my dad, he played for a local club (bearpark cc) and I would go down and watch then I got bored of watching him and got involved. I played mainly boys cricket at first then got involved more with girls and womens cricket.
• I would train at south north during the winter in what was a old shed back then nothing like the indoor facilities available now. 
I then joined and played u15 boys cricket there and some appearances for the Sunday 3rd team.
• I think turning up on them cold winter indoor sessions, but loving it and learning something new every time. There has always been a history of great coaches at south north and I learnt a lot from Martin Speight.
• I think my career highlight would be my debut for England in November 09 in the west indies but a close second would be the world cup win at lords in 2017. 
• well when the 100 does now start in 2021 I hope it still can be at south north as it's a fantastic ground and would be a great showcase for the north of the country. 
• in the last 4/5 years the womens game has gone from strength to strength. The world cup win in 2017 was a great spring board for the game, and in the coming years with the involvement of the 100 and the new centre of excellence this can only help the game itself. 
• lockdown has been very different, Iv always associated summer with cricket and just fingers crossed we can get some cricket when it is safe to do so.”
A huge thanks to Danielle for the above and we hope that when the hundred starts in 2021 it’s a huge success for her and we look forward to hosting it then.


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