Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth bowler Emma Jones part of Oval Invincibles squad that won The Hundred
Talented teenager Emma Jones gained more hugely valuable experience by being part of the Oval Invincibles squad that won The Hundred.
The Sawbridgeworth-based fast bowler, who turned 19 earlier this month, was called up halfway through the competition as cover due to injury concerns.
She did not get to appear in the starting XI for any of the matches, instead assisting those playing by carrying drinks, helmets and caps on and off the field as required during games.
But she still received a winner's medal and got to celebrate with her team-mates on a victory lap of Lord's when her team beat Southern Brave in Saturday's final, which was shown live on BBC Two and Sky Sports.
Jones came through the age-group ranks at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire and Essex before making her senior debut for Essex against USA Women in 2019.
During that time she was also part of the Surrey Stars academy which subsequently became South East Stars. She was invited to train with the Stars' senior squad over the winter of 2019-20. Already one of the fastest bowlers in women's county cricket, the coaching staff worked with her on building up her fitness, strength and consistency.
She was rewarded with a contract to play for South East Stars in the 2021 editions of the 50-over Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the T20 Charlotte Edwards Cup, marking her debut with a wicket in her first over against Loughborough Lightning at Trent Bridge.
In October, Jones will start the second year of her veterinary medicine degree at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, having achieved a clean sweep of four A*s in her A-levels at Felsted School. She played for Cambridge University Women earlier this year, scoring 206 not out against Nottingham and 63 against Oxford in the T20 Varsity Match at Fenner's.
Those exploits led to her being chosen to captain a combined Oxbridge XI to victory over a John Paul Getty XI at Worsley in June.
Jones still plays her club cricket for Bishop's Stortford Ladies when all of her other commitments allow. And she even found time to play for Sawbridgeworth's men's second XI earlier this season, claiming figures of 4-33 in a match against Baldock which saw her dad William take three wickets and her younger brother Matthew also play.