All-rounder Grace Hall is one of only two members of the Northern Diamonds’ squad for 2023 yet to make her senior debut – new signing Rebecca Duckworth being the other. But you get the feeling she will not be waiting too long once the summer starts.
Born in York, the middle order batter and right-arm seamer has played for the Yorkshire age-groups through to senior county cricket, her debut for the latter coming towards the end of 2020.
The management team at the Diamonds showed throughout 2022 that they were not afraid to blood young talent, with Hall’s Academy contemporaries Emma Marlow, Lizzie Scott, Phoebe Turner and Jess Woolston all getting game time.
Hall was the Academy coaches’ player of the year for 2022, owing much to a series of valuable contributions for the up and comers.
In 15 matches, she claimed 17 wickets, including a best of 3-4, and hit one half-century in 142 runs. That half-century was a crucial 64 not out in a 50-over win over arch-rivals Thunder at the Regional Academy Festival at Shrewsbury School in July. Hall also captained the side in that fixture.
A journalism student at Sheffield Hallam University, she has been training with the senior Diamonds ahead of 2023.