Liberty creates Lancashire history

Liberty Heap-Gibbons leaves the pitch after scoring an unbeaten century for Lancashire
Liberty Heap-Gibbons leaves the pitch after scoring an unbeaten century for Lancashire

Lowerhouse’s Liberty Heap-Gibbons created history last week when she became the youngest girl to score a county century for Lancashire – aged just 11!

Liberty captained Lancashire Girls’ Under 11s against Staffordshire and scored 100 not out off just 78 balls, including 15 fours.

Liberty is given a guard of honour

Liberty is given a guard of honour

The Red Rose won the game – Liberty’s first game as captain – and she received a guard of honour on her way off the pitch.

She works extremely hard on her game, and has been on a performance programme this winter at Lancashire, as well as enjoying one-to-one coaching with stepfather Ben, who had 12 successful years in the first team at Lowerhouse, before taking up the role as professional at Padiham.

Ben, like Liberty, has also been in good form of late, recording the highest score in the Houldsworth Ribbledale League Senior Division this season against Brooksbottom last Saturday – an unbeaten 150 off 123 deliveries, including 15 fours and seven sixes.

The previous week he also hit 84 in the derbu against Read.

Liberty’s mother Shelly Heap has become a big supporter of the game, taking Liberty around the country to games.

• Lowerhouse Cricket Club’s application for funding through AVIVA to assist with clubhouse refurbishments has been accepted.

The club now have to secure votes against the project, and individuals can register on lowerhousecc.com/aviva-community-fund-help-us and register all votes to Lowerhouse project.