Occupation: Computer Programmer
Debut for club: 07/05/2006 v Radlett, at home
Indoor debut: 16/10/2005 v Soton Uni at Eastleigh
Batting style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling style: Right Arm Off-Spin Bowler
Nickname: Emma Babe
1st XI Squad Number: 4
Overseas with HP: Denmark 2013
Representative Cricket: Hampshire Seniors
Southern League Championship Winner 2012
Southern League Division 1 Winner 2010
Hampshire Cricket League Winner 2013
Surrey Sixes Winner 2007, 2008, 2009
South Hants Indoor League Winner 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020
South Hants Indoor Cup Winner 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Serious Cricket League Winner 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Emma started playing in the nineties, when skirts were still the order of the day in women’s cricket. She played for both of the previous incarnations of the club, Antelope and Eastleigh & Otterbourne, so was already an experienced player who was the clear choice as captain when HP got under way in 2005.
She scored the first ever run for the club and was a main source of runs for our first few years, often taking the responsibility of batting for long periods at a time when our batting depth was a touch frail. In our inaugural season she scored two half-centuries, and had a prolific year in 2008 when she reached at least double figures in eleven successive innings and totalled nearly 400 runs.
Emma stepped down from the captaincy at the end of the 2009 season, but she remained a key factor in the title winning seasons of 2010 and 2012. She then captained the second eleven for one swansong season, leading the side to the Hampshire League title, before the cumulative effect of a succession of niggling injuries finally put an end to a stellar cricketing career.
Emma was also a flag bearer for HP in indoor cricket, and a permanent fixture in our successful double winning sides for many years. She was the leading indoor scorer in five of our first seven seasons, and even after ‘retirement’ continued to fill in at indoor games at Dummer and Eastleigh when the call came. In 2019/20 she filled in on enough occasions to pick up her twelfth South Hants league title.
A solid, disciplined batter and extremely safe catcher, Emma is certainly one of the players that are responsible for laying the foundation of the HP story.