Chloe becomes first female cricketer in league for 125 years - and shows boys how it's done by taking four wickets (From Bury Times)
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Chloe becomes first female cricketer in league for 125 years - and shows boys how it's done by taking four wickets
6:53pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Bury
WHILE most young girls only think about boys, Chloe Wallwork has been taking lads out for years — playing cricket.
The 20-year-old Tottington student is so good at the sport that she made history on Saturday when she became the first female to play first-team cricket in the 125-year history of the Bolton Association League.
But rather than bragging, she just can’t wait to do it again.
Chloe, who plays for Walshaw, bowled her way into the first team after proving herself to her team mates over the years, since joining the Bury club at the age of eight.
But the bowling whizz had already been playing for three years by then, with her brother Ryan, aged 24, and other lads on the street.
Within a year of being at Walshaw, she was scouted by Lancashire Girls, and has won numerous trophies for her performances, and even been on tour to South Africa.
Chloe said: “I still haven’t taken it all in to be honest with you. I suppose it’s really cool when I actually think about it.
“Danny Hornby from the first team let me open the bowling too which was really good.
“He said he’d been watching me play beforehand. It’s really good that the lads have always encouraged me.”
She recalled: “They wouldn't let me play at the club at first because I’m a girl but when I was eight they finally let me.
“Then within a year of playing there I was asked to go and try out for trials at Lancashire Girls.”
Chloe says her parents, who own a catering business, have always supported her love of the sport and she loves nothing better than getting wickets.
She said: “It’s mostly bowling I’m good at because I like getting wickets. I used to enjoy it as a hobby when I started playing with the lads in the street but now it's more of a passion.
“I was the only girl I knew to play cricket while the rest of the girls I knew were talking about boys. It was just me and the lads. I was a tomboy and have always played sports like squash and football.
“My boyfriend thinks it’s pretty cool too — although he doesn’t play himself.”
It’s not just cricket she loves — she spends each night of the week doing some form of sport.
She said: “For Walshaw on Tuesday, Lancs on Thursday, and also do rounders on Monday and football on Wednesday.
“Then there’s the cricket matches on the weekend. Sometimes I do ache but it’s worth it.”
Chloe made her way to the first team this weekend after her good performances in the second team.
She said: “I was playing for the second team getting wickets for around 3-4 years. But when the first team was short at the weekend I asked to be given the opportunity to play.
“They have all known me there for so long they know my abilities.
“I didn't even know that I was the first girl to play cricket in the first team for 125 years until I read it.”
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