Date of Birth: 12/10/1994
Senior debut for club: 11/05/2008 v Burridge, away, in a Hampshire League game
Indoor debut: 05/10/2008 v St Cross in a women’s league game at Eastleigh
Batting style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling style: Right Arm Medium Fast Bowler
1st XI Squad Number: 49
Kit Number: 25
Overseas with HP: Denmark 2014
Representative Honours: Hampshire at all age groups and senior side
Southern Premier League Winner 2019
Southern League Championship Winner 2012
Hampshire League Winner 2019
St Cross Sixes Winner 2010,2011
Serious Cricket League Winner 2012
Most improved player 2009
Bowler of the Year 2014
Rachel was one of the first crop of junior intake in 2006, and from the outset proved a consistent and accurate bowler.
She made her senior debut in 2008, playing three games for the 2s in the Hampshire League, in which she took five wickets. The following season saw her breakthrough into the 1st team and by 2012 she was a regular member of the side that won the Southern League Championship with an unbeaten record.
Promotion to the Premier League proved a sharp learning curve for several players, but Rachel’s accurate bowling continued to be a key element in our side. In the final game of the 2014 season her remarkable spell of 10 overs for 9 runs at Hayes helped pull off a win that saved us from relegation.
Following the 2013 season Rachel travelled to Australia, with Baz, to spend a winter playing for Melbourne Cricket Club and in 2015 she started a degree programme at Bath University. During this time she played her club cricket for Bath, and also represented Somerset, as well as returning for a second season with Melbourne.
Returning to HP in 2017 she once again proved a reliable performer, and in 2019 played a mixture of 1s and 2s games, picking up a league winners medal for both teams
Often a bowler who has appeared unluckier in the wicket column than most Rachel’s consistent ‘5th stump’ line has cemented her role with the new ball, regularly bowling her ten overs straight through. Her accuracy and low economy rate is shown by the fact that she has twice bowled six maidens in a ten-over Southern League spell.
A genuine number eleven, Rach’s batting exploits are rare, but she did survive long enough at Wokingham in 2013 to see Frankie Barber through to her century. In that match Rachel also took three catches.
One of our most colourful characters (and certainly one of the loudest!) Rachel is now living and working in London, so it is unclear how her availability looks in the coming season, but she has assured us she will get back to play whenever she can.