Foxes Focus - Libby Perkins
Name: Libby Perkins
Team: Under 15s Girls
Discipline: Medium pace bowler, right hand batter
Years at Leicestershire: 4 years
About you - shutter mode
Describe myself in three words: Team-player, Competitive, Enthusiastic.
Where are you from? Melton Mowbray.
Do I have any pets? I have a cockapoo called Honey.
What Is my favourite food? Chinese.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would I go? Australia as I have always wanted to go.
Life as a Leicestershire County Cricket Club Player
Leicestershire CCC in 3 words: Team, Challenging, Inclusive.
When did you first get into cricket? I first began playing cricket when I was 9. I started going to a group training session with some of my friends and I really enjoyed it. From there, I joined a club and carried on playing.
What is your favourite memory on the pitch? My favourite memory on the pitch was the 2019 season. It was the last match and we were bowled out for 96 but, we then bowled them all out for 85, it was a such a good match. I achieved my best bowling figures of 4 for 5 runs off four overs.
What is your favourite memory with your teammates? My favourite memory with my teammates was winning the league in 2019 for the Under 15s. It was such a great feeling for us all as we worked so hard to get there.
Who is your favourite cricket player? Natalie Sciver.
Who are you looking forward to watching on the pitch this season? The England Women's team.
Women's Big Cricket Month
The ECB have launched a campaign to celebrate Women’s Big Cricket Month across September to showcase stories in the women’s game and encourage more women and girls to play, watch or attend cricket across the next 12 months.
Who encouraged you to start playing cricket? It was my dad who encouraged me to start as he played when he was younger and wanted me to give it a go. I am glad he did because I probably would not be playing if it was not for him.
Do I have a female role model within cricket to look up to? I don't have one, I just look up to the England Women’s team. They show that the work they put in, has got them to where they are, and it is possible if you try hard.
The ECB are encouraging women and girls to share their cricket stories to encourage more into playing, watching or attending cricket in the next year. If I could share one story what would it be? It would be the first match I played for County. I remember being so nervous before we started, as I knew I couldn’t play as well as my other team mates. As I went out onto the pitch, I knew as long as I tried my best, I would be fine and in the end, I really enjoyed it and just wanted to keep playing.
What would I say to a woman or girl looking to play cricket for the first time? I would say definitely give it a try as you never know you might like it. You might enjoy it and find something you never thought you would like but, unless you give it a go, you will not know. It is a very team-orientated sport so, you know you will always have people supporting you through it.
A bit more about you
My favourite holiday destination? I think it would have to be Ibiza, I have been there a few times and always loved it there.
What other sports do I do besides cricket? I play netball and badminton but play a lot of different sports at school.
If I could invite any three celebrities to dinner who would it be? Miranda Hart, Ant and Dec.
What do u enjoy doing in your spare time? If I am not playing cricket or any other sports, I am out with my friends or with my family.
The impact of COVID-19
How has lock down and the delay of the season impacted me? It was hard especially as we were still in our winter training nets getting ready to start the season. I struggled especially, as I was at such a good point with my training and felt confident to start the season well. Then lockdown happened and I lost a lot of what I had got from training but, I did try to keep practising in my garden.
What have u done over lockdown? I hadn't really done much over lockdown, I was just trying to keep in touch with people and not letting it have a big impact on my life, by still trying to do things.
What was the first training session back like? It was nice being back and seeing my teammates and coaches again but, it was weird trying to get back into things.
Looking ahead to next season what am I most looking forward to? I think I’m most looking forward to being able to, hopefully, have a full season again and just improving my skills and playing to the best I can with my teammates.