Yorkshire Cricket’s Groundstaff Jasmine Nicholls, has become the first woman to prepare a pitch at Headingley.  

Jasmine, 28, led the team at the stadium to cultivate conditions for the England v Pakistan Women’s IT20 game on Sunday 19 May. 

She has also played a part in priming the field for the England Men’s T20 which is set to take place today (Wednesday 22 ). 

Pictured Yorkshire’s Jasmine Nicholls, who joined the groundstaff team at YCCC over a year ago.

Jasmine said: “To be the first female here at Headingley, and to create my first international pitch, you can’t get much better than that. 

“I’m actually trying not to think about being the first female, it can be a little bit overwhelming.” 

Jasmine has worked as part of the ground staff team at Headingley for just over a year but this is the first time she has taken the lead behind the scenes. Ahead of every match, the seven-strong team mow, press, dehydrate and flood the field, influencing the conditions and pace of play. 

Vitality T20 International Series - England Women v Pakistan Women - Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds, England - England lift the trophy.

Jasmine Nicholls prepared the pitch for the Vitality T20 International Series – England Women v Pakistan Women at Headingley Cricket Ground on Sunday.

As the first woman to be employed as a full-time member of ground staff at Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) Jasmine said she had set a personal target to lead the work, describing the challenge as a “definite milestone,” and she thanked her “incredible” team for being “so supportive”. 

Jasmine said: “The team here have been absolutely incredible, they’ve supported me through everything.

“I couldn’t have done any of it – including creating this pitch – without any of them, especially the boss (Richard Robinson, Head of Grounds for YCCC) – Robbo and everyone else has really believed in me.”

Jasmine Nicholls of Headingley’s ground staff clearing the water from the ground.

Stephen Vaughan, Chief Executive Officer for YCCC, said: “Jasmine’s ground-breaking achievement is testament to her commitment and passion for the sport. Her role in overseeing the pitch for the England v Pakistan Women’s IT20 marks a significant milestone, highlighting the evolving landscape of cricket in Yorkshire.   

“There are so many incredible women, like Jasmine working not only throughout cricket, but across many other industries too, and it’s great that we have been able to have Jasmine lead, alongside an equally incredible ground staff team, here at Headingley, and play such a crucial role for such a stellar fixture in Yorkshire’s calendar. 

“As we witnessed a strong England Women’s performance on the weekend, it’s imperative not only to applaud the athletes gracing the field but also extraordinary individuals like Jasmine, whose tireless efforts behind the scenes, alongside all the Yorkshire team, contribute immensely to the success of the game.   

“Grounds staff are essential in making sport possible, and the game as we know and love it depends on the vital contributions made by women in every area – from grounds management to coaching, refereeing, player care and representation, media, HR, marketing, finance and more.  

“I hope the girls watching from the stands on Sunday will be inspired to get involved in cricket – whether that’s enjoying rewarding careers in the sport or picking up a bat and a ball and giving it a go.”

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