Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy 2021


For many women, this cricket season has been a long time coming but Katie Levick, the Northern Diamonds legspinner, found herself in a race against time to be ready for the first match of the 2021 Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

Levick is battling suspected long Covid, having been struck down for a month with coronavirus last October. Despite not being one of the Diamonds’ five contracted players for 2021, she credits being part of a professional cricket team with detecting a “dangerous” heart rate while exercising that is believed to be an after-effect of the illness.

“We’re on a long, long road back to fitness,” Levick told ESPNcricinfo. “We found a few issues with my heart and things like that.

“Luckily I’m in the set-up really because it’s allowed me to have access to medical cover and get all these tests to make sure that I’m fine. I’ve got a medical support team we’ve never had before and that really helped me get back to full fitness.”