London, Aug 16: Chloe Wallwork created history by becoming the first female ever to play alongside men in a England cricket league match.
Wallwork, 20, made her debut for local club Walshaw in first-team cricket against Golborne in the Bolton Association League (Lancashire's oldest league) to create history, a report in England's "Daily Mail" said on Thursday (August 15). Bolton Association League boasts of 125-year history.
She made an impressive debut by grabbing four wickets in 11 overs. Her fine spell of bowling helped her team win.
"When everyone sees me coming out they have a bit of a laugh, but I'm used to that because I've always been the only girl in the team," she was quoted as saying in the report.
"When I'm bowling against them they either try to slog me or block me because they don't want to get out to a girl."
Wallwork started playing at the age of 8 for Walshaw. She also plays football.
"I didn't even know that I was the first girl to play first-team cricket in the league for 125 years until I read about it.
"Growing up, I was the only girl to play cricket. The rest of the girls I knew were talking about boys."