Archives and Alumni

Between 2016 & 2019, female cricketers at Loughborough University had the opportunity to play for Loughborough Lightning in the English Kia Super League, a 6 team T20 tournament.

The Lightning side included 3 overseas players each year, including some of the best players in the world as well as England Internationals.Loughborough lightning enjoyed success in this competition by making it to Finals Day in 3 of the 4 years. This included an appearance in the semi-final in 2016 & 2019. In 2018 the team automatically qualified for the final by finishing top of the table after the group stages.

International players who played for Loughborough Lightning:

England Internationals


Overseas players:

Georgia Elwiss

Dane Van Niekerk (SA)

Amy Jones

Ellyse Perry (AUS)

Linsey Smith

Sophie Devine (NZ)

Kirstie Gordon

Racheal Haynes (AUS)

Jenny Gunn

Elyse Villani (AUS)

Sarah Glenn

Mignon du Preez (SA)

Becky Grundy

Chamari Atapattu (SL)

Sonia Odedra

Hayley Matthews (WI)

Beth Langston

Kathryn Bryce (SCO)

Lauren Griffiths

Kristen Beams (AUS)

Notable alumni

Loughborough Women’s Cricket is proud to boast a wealth of notable alumni, many of whom have gone on to represent their country. Below are some of the famous faces who have previously worn the African Violet shirt;

  • Lauren Winfield
  • Tammy Beaumont
  • Nat Sciver
  • Georgia Elwiss
  • Beth Langston
  • Amy Jones
  • Tash Farrent
  • Anya Shrubsole
  • Lydia Greenway
  • Becky Grundy
  • Linsey Smtih
  • Hollie Armitage
  • Kirstie Gordon
  • Sophia Dunkley