With the English domestic season recently coming to a conclusion, Netherlands cricket star Sterre Kalis’ successful adventure in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy has also come to an end.
Her performances for the Northern Diamonds add credence to the growing call for Associate women’s players to be given opportunities in Full Member domestic competitions.
Kalis was the only Dutch international taking part in the tournament, with Scottish representatives Sarah and Kathryn Bryce also flying the flag for Associate nations as members of the Loughborough Lightning.
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Emerging Cricket had the opportunity to sit down with Kalis to find out more about her cricket journey, the best moments of her career, women’s cricket in The Netherlands, her time in England, and her goals for the future.
Kalis started playing cricket when she ‘was about 5 years old’. Kalis reflected that ‘my brother played cricket and when he was playing a game I always had to come. I started to throw some balls and practice my swing on the sidelines and after years of that I loved it too!’.
From this initial love for the sport, Kalis made her debut for the Netherlands aged 14 during a European qualification tournament and has since