Hannah Baker, Georgia Davis and Grace Potts have signed professional terms ahead of the 2023 season.
The trio join the seven existing Central Sparks professional players, bringing the total number of professional contracts within the region to ten.
Fresh from being named in the U19 Women’s T20 World Cup Team of the Tournament, leg spinner Hannah Baker signs having made her Sparks debut at just sixteen years old. A graduate of the Central Sparks Academy, Baker was one of the frontline spinners of the 2022 season and offers brilliant control throughout the middle overs. She has played in The Hundred for two seasons with Welsh Fire.
Off spinner Georgia Davis has been a mainstay of the Sparks’ XI since 2020 having proven to be a genuine all-rounder. After scoring an unbeaten half century against South East Stars in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, Davis was Sparks’ top wicket-taker in the 2021 Charlotte Edwards Cup, and has picked up key wickets for Trent Rockets in both 2021 and 2022.
Right arm seamer Grace Potts had an explosive season with Sparks in 2022, becoming the side’s top wicket-taker across the season. Potts is another graduate of the Central Sparks Academy and has previously been selected for England A and Manchester Originals. Potts was voted ‘Most Improved’ and ‘Player’s Player’ at the end of the 2022 season, and will no doubt continue to spearhead the Sparks bowling attack in 2023 and beyond.
Laura Macleod, Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, said: “We’re delighted to be offering contracts to Georgia, Grace and Hannah. All have prosperous futures and a contract means they can really focus on developing themselves on a full time basis.”
Central Sparks is formed of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire and is one of eight regional hubs developed by the ECB as part of a new structure for elite women’s domestic cricket. Sparks compete in the 50-over Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and the 20-over Charlotte Edwards Cup.
Over 75% sold for Women’s Ashes IT20
For the first time, Edgbaston will host a Women’s Ashes IT20 as the oldest rivalry in cricket returns to Birmingham – and over 15,500 tickets have already been sold!
Watch local stars including Amy Jones and Issy Wong in action as we make history on Saturday 1 July, 6.30pm start. Tickets are available from only £17 for adults and under 16s £5.