Louth all rounder Brindle carves out historic ton

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LOUTH Town all rounder Arran Brindle smashed an incredible century, the first by a woman in men’s Premier League cricket, to help Louth earn a winning draw against Market Deeping on Saturday.

The returning women’s international struck a fluent 128, increasing her average to 67 in the process with a total of 201 runs in three games.

Last week the top order batter was named in the England women’s squad for the NatWest Women’s Quadrangular Series’, which will see her return to the international stage for the first time since 2006.

Arran said: “It was a great feeling to score a century for Louth yesterday and then to learn that it was the first by a female at that level made it even more special.

“The timing of my innings means that my confidence is high going in to the international women’s quadrangular tournament this summer.

“I have played for Louth men’s 1st XI for several years now and I captained the side in 2007, 2009 and 2010. It’s a totally natural environment for me and it’s brilliant that cricket is a sport that allows these sorts of opportunities.”