Rebecca Blake

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Date of Birth: 13/11/1998

Occupation: Student

Debut for club:  01/07/2016 v Hampshire Hogettes, away  

Indoor debut:  30/10/2016 v Locks Heath at Eastleigh

Batting style: Right Hand Bat

Bowling style: Right Arm Bowler

Nickname: Becky

1st XI Squad Number: 95

Kit Number: 3

Overseas with HP: Dresden 2019, Nantes 2019

Representative Honours: French National Team

Medals: 

Southern Premier League Winner 2019

Kia Summer Smash Winner  2019

Hampshire Cricket League Winner 2019

Ashford 8s  Winner  2019, 2020

                                                              

                                    

                                    

Dresden International Winner 2019

Serious Cricket Indoor League Winner  2018, 2019, 2020

Indoor:

HP Awards: 

Player's Player 2019

2nd XI Batter of the Year  2019

Batter of the Year 2020

 

Becky’s first contact with HP came when she played at the Quarters for the touring Nantes side in 2014 as a fifteen year old. She was clearly a talented player, and when she decided to come to Solent University to study we were delighted to welcome her to our ranks. She made her debut in 2016 while making a short visit to sort out her student accommodation, and joined full-time when arriving in September.

Born in Romania and growing up in France is not the typical background for a cricketer, but Becky was encouraged to play from an early age by her English father, John. She was already a member of the French national side when she joined us and subsequently captained her country, before the ICC intervened in 2019 and decided that she was no longer eligible due to her period of residency in the UK. 

A hard-hitting batter, Becky first made her mark for us as a seam-bowler, taking three wickets against Langley Manor on her Hampshire League debut. She registered three scores of over 40 in her first season, and increased her run output in 2018, when she recorded her first half-centuries for the club, and then a maiden century in the 2s game at Odiham. It is thought to be the first century scored by a French female. She finished the season with 336 runs.

 

The 2019 summer was even more successful, as she formed a prolific partnership at the top of the order with Sarah Attrill that was a key element in the 2s winning the Hampshire League title. She made scores of 69 (v St.Cross), 62 (v Burridge) and 67 (v Cove) and piled up 598 runs in the season.  Becky was also a member of the team that won the Kia Summer Smash on that memorable day at the Oval, and was at the wicket in the final when the winning runs were scored, having scored a crucial boundary two balls earlier. The long summer ended when she captained us in Nantes, on her old stomping ground.

The short 2020 season was another productive one for Becky, as she was the leading run-scorer in the club, including her second century (124 v Ropley) and picked up the Batter of the Year award.

Now studying for a Masters degree at Solent, Becky has evolved from a seam-bowling allrounder to a powerful batter who also bowls off-spin. During the 2019 season she became the 12th HP player to reach the 1.000 run landmark, and currently sits ninth in the all-time list. 

Becky has also become a leading indoor player for us, captaining the B team at Eastleigh and being part of three successful Serious Cricket League campaigns at Dummer as well as being in the team that won the Dresden International tournament in 2019. She is nearing the 2,000 run mark in indoor cricket. Such is her commitment that in the calendar year of 2019 Becky played 64 matches for the club across all formats.

Her stats are impressive enough, but Becky has brought so much more to HP. She trains hard, coaches our juniors, was one of the organisers of the Quarantine Cup, is now the Ladies rep on the club committee – and is our webmaster.  The visit of Nantes in 2014 really has turned out to be a pivotal day in the HP story.