Date of Birth: 11/05/1982
Occupation: Resources Manager / Cricket Analyst
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
Fielding position: Wicketkeeper
1st XI Squad Number: 4
Kit Number: 11
Overseas with HP: Denmark 2013, Dublin 2015, La Manga 2016, Dresden 2019, Nantes 2019
Representative Honours: Hampshire age groups
Southern Premier League Winner 2019
Southern League Championship Winner 2012
Southern League Division 1 Winner 2010
Kia Summer Smash Winner 2019
Hampshire Cricket League Winner 2013, 2015, 2019
Hampshire Sixes Winner 2015
Ickenham Sixes Winner 2013, 2015
La Manga Sixes Winner 2016
Ashford 8s Winner 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Surrey Sixes Winner 2007, 2008, 2009
St Cross Sixes Winner 2009
National Indoor Winner 2015
Dresden International Winner 2019
South Hants Womens League Winner (15) 2006-2020 inclusive
South Hants Womens Cup Winner (14) 2006-2019 inclusive
(All of the above as captain)
South Hants Mens Div 3 Winner 2015
Serious Cricket Indoor League Winner (12) 2009-2020 inclusive
Player of the Year 2012
Player's Player 2012
Batter of the Year 2015
Jem was the instrumental figure in moving the Eastleigh and Otterbourne women’s team to Hursley Park in 2005.
In the early years at HP she was one of the ‘holy trinity’, along with Emma Bane and Helen Borrett, that held things together – as they were responsible for a high proportion of runs scored and wickets taken.
Jem was a very accurate off-spinner at this time, and was our leading wicket-taker in each of the first three seasons. This included five wicket hauls at The Mote (5-2) and Purley Redoubtables (5-14). In the latter game she also scored 80 and her batting contributions continued to develop as she was the leading scorer in 2009 with 369 runs. Taking over the captaincy, she led the first eleven to the Southern League Division1 title in 2010, achieving the personal double with 329 runs and 17 wickets. After a difficult season for the team in the first year in the Championship, Jem led a transformation that resulted in another title success in 2012 and promotion to the Premier League. She was once again the leading wicket-taker for the club when we moved into the higher echelons, and continued to make important contributions with the bat, often when they were most needed. She was the first HP player to score a half-century in the Premier League, against Hayes in 2013 and continued to be an accurate bowler before the ‘yips’ struck in 2014, and her bowling career was effectively ended.
Jem was not to be deterred from playing a full part both on and off the field though, and made the decision to convert to a wicket-keeper/batter and move down to captain the seconds. She made successive scores of 76, 63,52,44 and 88 to lead the 2s to the Hampshire League division 1 crown in 2015, and developed her keeping too. In the following summer she scored a long-awaited and popular maiden century at Cove.
Over the ensuing years her wicket-keeping has developed to a high standard, always stood up to the stumps, and incredibly at one time led the club’s stats in every category - runs, wickets, catches and stumpings. In 2019 she was very proud to keep wicket at the historic Oval as we won the Kia Summer Smash.
In indoor cricket Jem has a cv that can surely not be bettered anywhere in the women’s game. She has captained the A team at Eastleigh to the league and cup double on 14 occasions, has been part of 12 successful league campaigns at Dummer, led HP to victory in the National Championship and Dresden International tournament, and has embraced the nuances required for indoor cricket to such an extent that she has been a role model for so many that have followed.
Jem also set up the first junior girls section at the club , and coached the juniors for many years, with the likes of Sarah Attrill, Eleanor Ingram and Rach Carrick amongst those that were under her wing at an early age, and now umpires junior games when her job as a cricket analyst allows. Jem made her commentating debut for the BBC at the RHF final at Edgbaston. She has been on every HP overseas tour, and has been involved in just about everything at the club. In all forms of cricket she has represented us on well over 500 occasions, and really is the glue that has built the club to what it is today.
Here are some comments from Jem:
When did you join Hursley Park ?
From the inception
Did you play for a different club(s) previously ?
Antelope, Eastleigh, Eastleigh & Otterbourne
Why did you join HP ?
To set up a women's section
What do you like most about playing for HP ?
Making memories with the HP family, both on and off the field
What has been your most memorable personal HP moment ?
Wow, I can’t pick one……..personal performances – partnership with Baz at Twickers, 5-fer indoors men’s league, century at Cove, taking the wicket to break the partnership when we clinched the champo title, wicket keeping at the group games of Kia Summer Smash.
Memorable moments (not personal performances) Winning the champo at Hastings, The Oval (the whole day), 100 wins at Dummer, Winning indoor national final.
What are your main hobbies apart from cricket ?
Squash, hockey, theatre and travel
What do you do for a job ?
About your HP teammates:
Who is the funniest ? Beesle
Who is the worst dresser ? Probably me
Who has the worst taste in music ? The younguns
In a car of four on a long away trip who would be your first choice three companions and why ?
Baz and Sian for good chat and banter, and Shavindi – because you just never know what will happen with Shafingers around.