Much of seamer Phoebe Graham’s county career has been played out elsewhere, but now she is back home and ready to take her career to the next level.
Graham, 29 and born in Steeton, played for Yorkshire women between 2010 and 2013 (she also played for Nottinghamshire in 2010) before moving away to study at Exeter University.
Appearances for Devon followed a move to play for Berkshire upon the start of her working career in brand management and marketing, most recently for Sky.
Graham moved back to Yorkshire when Coronavirus took a stranglehold in the UK before turning out for the county again when cricket returned, leading to a deal to play for the Northern Diamonds in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
She has since signed one of the five full-time contracts with the Diamonds, contributing significantly to their run to the Edgbaston final in late September.
Her tally of two wickets in five appearances doesn’t tell the full story. She formed a crucial new ball partnership with Beth Langston, another player awarded a full-time contract, and went at only 3.87 runs per over.
“As a bowler, naturally, you always want to take more wickets, but Phoebe for us is very exciting,” said Diamonds coach Dani Hazell.
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“She’s a really tall girl who bowls at around 70mph.
“She’s kind of gone under the radar for quite a few years, concentrating on her work.
“She’s never had a full strength and conditioning programme, like she will have now, and that means there’s potential for her to up her pace.
“It’s really exciting for her and us because being a professional cricketer has been her dream. We are happy to support that as much as we can.”