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Arran Brindle

Arran Brindle wracked up 128 for Louth during a 72-run win over Market Deeping in the Lincolnshire Premier League on Saturday

England women’s Arran Brindle made history by scoring 128 in the Lincolnshire men’s Premier League on Saturday.

Brindle, who has represented Louth first XI for several years and captained the side in 2007, 2009 and 2010, became the first woman to score a century in men’s Premier League cricket.

A spectacular innings saw Brindle top-score, hitting a huge six as Louth beat Market Deeping by 72 runs. It was the fifth highest innings in the Lincolnshire Premier League this season and takes Brindle’s average to 67, with a total of 201 runs in three matches.

Last week she was named in the England women’s squad for the NatWest women’s quadrangular series, which will be her first time on the international stage since 2006.

Brindle’s success in both the men’s and women’s game highlights the growing opportunities and support for women and girls to play cricket in England and Wales.

ECB head of women’s cricket Clare Connor said: "Arran Brindle's century in the ECB men's Premier League is an historic achievement in this country and, as far as we are aware, globally.

“It’s a fantastic reflection of our sport, and of the forward-thinking of ECB and its member clubs that Arran plays at this level on merit.

"From an England women's perspective, it is really valuable that our top players can perform in these sorts of environments ahead of the international matches this summer."

Brindle 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 first XI for several years now. It's a totally natural environment for me and it's brilliant that cricket is a sport that allows these sorts of opportunities."