Maddy Reynolds crowned inaugural winner of The 1
10th September 2021
MADDY Reynolds has been crowned the inaugural winner of ‘The 1’ following the first nationwide search for cricket’s next number one female all-rounder.
The national competition was open to girls aged 12-18 and is run by former England cricketer Lydia Greenway and her newly launched online coaching platform, the Girls Cricket Club.
The 17-year-old attends the City of Norwich School and plays for Mildenhall Women’s and Ketteringham Men’s teams.
The competition, formulated by former England cricketer Greenway, was comprised of eight different challenges which assessed all aspects of cricketing ability to help find the best all-rounder. Similar to what you see in the NFL Draft:
Longest Throw, Direct Hits, Speed Gates, High Catches, Flat Catches, Gap Hitting, Range Hitting and finally Death Bowling.
The tests were designed to not just showcase each contestant’s athletic ability but also how they could perform in pressure situations.
During a nail biting final two rounds, the Norwich schoolgirl smashed the ball over the boundary in the Range Hitting challenge, before bowling the perfect Yorker to win the competition.