Northern Superchargers' Slater backs calls for Scottish Hundred franchise

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Slater made one appearance for the Northern Superchargers in the Hundred last year, playing in the defeat to the Southern Brave
Slater made one appearance for the Northern Superchargers in the Hundred last year, playing in the defeat to the Southern Brave

With the second edition of the Hundred having just kicked off, Scotland and Northern Superchargers' Rachel Slater thinks it is high time to have a Scottish franchise as part of the competition, writes Sportsbeat's Milly McEvoy.

The 20-year-old was drafted as an injury replacement for the Leeds-based franchise last season, before earning a full place this year - coming off the back of her first international appearances for the Wildcats in Malaysia at the start of the year.

The medium-pacer will come up against Sarah Bryce, one of three Scotland teammates in the competition, when the Superchargers face Welsh Fire on 26 August, but Slater believes there are even more players who deserve the opportunity.

"That'd be so good, whether I played for the Superchargers or that one, either way I think that would be such a good opportunity for the girls up there," said Slater, who was born in New York and raised in Yorkshire but qualifies for Scotland through her mother.

"There's some real talent up there and at the minute, I think what's stopping them is maybe lack of opportunity and funding is the main difference to what we have in England.

"I was thinking about that a couple of days ago, when I was off and I think if I could change one thing about The Hundred, it would be that.

There were a whole host of cricketing stars in attendance including former England captain Eoin Morgan
There were a whole host of cricketing stars in attendance including former England captain Eoin Morgan

"Because even the lads up in Scotland, some of their players have been playing county stuff down here and done really well.

"So, I think for women and men up there, that would be unbelievable, and probably well-deserved because there's definitely enough talent."

Slater was speaking at the launch of KP Snacks’ summer cricket roadshow at The Black Prince Trust in Oval. KP Snacks are the Official Team Partner of The Hundred and are on a mission to inspire more families to get active through cricket by bringing a pop-up experience on a nationwide tour of the country.

The right-hander holds one of two contracts funded directly by Yorkshire on top of the six regional retainers provided to Northern Diamonds by the ECB.

It means that Slater is uniquely placed to reflect on the racism reports regarding both Yorkshire and more recently Scotland.

She added: "It was always going to be difficult to hear. It's quite a sensitive subject, but I think the general feeling is that everyone's got a responsibility.

The roadshow rolled into Southampton this week as another new recruit Ausrralia's Molly Strano got involved
The roadshow rolled into Southampton this week as another new recruit Ausrralia's Molly Strano got involved

"And it's not just in Scotland, or in Yorkshire as it has been over the winter, it's everywhere in the country has a responsibility to evaluate and learn and just listen.

"We have an opportunity to be at the forefront of pushing for positive change and a really positive environment for everyone.

"I think it's just about everyone taking responsibility as a group, regardless of what your experiences are, there is room for change and things that need to be done."

Slater also heralded Abtaha Maqsood as an inspiration to all - the spinner was one of the stars of The Hundred last year when representing Birmingham Phoenix.

“Abtaha has been a really great role model for young girls in sport. She was the first British woman to play professional cricket in hijab,” Slater said.

“An unbelievable role model, I think it's great what she's doing. Again, I'm just glad that people like her can get the opportunity to be on the big stage because there's a lot of talent up there and it needs to be seen.”

KP Snacks, Official Team Partner of The Hundred, are touring the country this summer to offer more opportunities for people to play cricket as part of their ‘Everyone In’ campaign. Visit everyonein.co.uk/about