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Lancashire Thunder's Nalisha Patel wants young girls to follow in her footsteps

Published: 8 Oct 2016

Nalisha Patel encourages others to play cricket and speaks about winning the Asian Woman in Cricket Award.

Nalisha Patel, 18, from Bolton, plays cricket for Lancashire Thunder as a right-arm off-spin bowler and right-hand lower-order batswoman.

She has been playing cricket competitively for seven years and made her debut at the age of 14 for the Lancashire first team.

Nalisha hopes to retain her place in the squad for the newly-formed T20 Super League competition in 2016.

Balancing playing with studying, she is currently undertaking a degree in Psychology.

"Have the confidence to give it a go."

Nalisha plays cricket because she enjoys it and encourages others to do the same. She said: “To young girls, I’d say to have the confidence to give it a go.

"I’ve met so many people, made so many friends and had the opportunity to travel, so I’d say to try it socially even if you don’t want to pursue it professionally.”

In the next 12 months she hopes to keep training regularly, saying she has "an aim to get a place in the England development Woman’s squad.”

In her spare time, Nalisha loves to watch cricket and rugby whilst also making time to play badminton for fun. Jessica Ennis-Hill is her role model.

After winning the 'Woman in Cricket Award' at the Asian Cricket Awards she said: “I’m honoured to win the award and the feeling is amazing.”

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