Hollie Armitage is Yorkshire through and through.
The White Rose women’s captain has turned full-time with the Northern Diamonds in a bid to kick on a career filled with promise.
An all-rounder from Huddersfield, aged 23, Armitage has England Academy experience and has played in Australia’s Big Bash League with Sydney Sixers.
An imposing presence at the crease as a top order bat – an opener or at three and four – she also bowls ever-improving leg-spin.
A player who loves the captaincy side of the game, she is also furthering her development as a budding coach and has been working through a Fitness Instructor course in her spare time.
Armitage is spending the build-up to the 2021 English summer in Australia, playing and coaching. She is playing for the Clarence club in Tasmania, while training with the women’s state team and coaching in their pathway system.
Her career has not been without setbacks, however, having suffered knee problems. She has even undergone an Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction.
Armitage captained the Northern Diamonds on four occasions during the 2020 Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy, a competition which saw them finish as beaten finalists.
The former Huddersfield New College student has also led the Yorkshire under 15s and 17s as well as the England Academy. She has captained the senior Yorkshire women’s side regularly since 2017.
An effervescent character off the field, Armitage first wore the White Rose at under 13s level.
Since debuting for the Yorkshire women’s senior side in May 2013, she has scored 976 runs and taken 36 wickets in 54 appearances, including seven half-centuries with a best of 70 against Staffordshire in 2016.
She missed the entirety of 2015 summer due to her knee problems.
Armitage has 25 appearances for the England Academy to her name, touring Sri Lanka twice either side of her injury enforced lay-off.