At 23 or For 21 years both have captained Scotland and were nominated for the ICC Award for Cricketer of the Decade, won by Kathryn

Now that they are studying together at Loughborough University, in October last year they were among the first women cricketers – apart from England’s national team – to be given a professional assignment

And this summer they’ll be competing in the highly anticipated The Hundred competition in the long run, leading Scotland side by side for the very first time World Cup

“Most of the sisters are probably not in the same university and doing the same sport I think it’s special to be able to share it with someone so close

“You may feel down and don’t want to show the group But Sarah knows me very well and [it takes] just one little sentence to realize and then get you back on track”

“I think it’s always like having a best friend with you all the time,” she says

“Sometimes you step into new and different environments, like my first game for Scotland, and just having them there adds a bit of normalcy to a difficult situation, which is always nice”

Her journey to professional cricket began in her garden in Edinburgh, where her parents encouraged all kinds of sports while also playing several musical instruments

“Dad only threw balls at us in the garden, he’s a great golfer too,” said Kathryn. “So everything you could stand and hit. We also played a little hockey”

“I’ve always loved watching cricket and playing it in the garden,” added Sarah. “We used to throw balls over the sofa and practice diving and catching”

This craze was harnessed at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, where Kathryn was the first girl to play for the boys’ first team, followed by Sarah

Their ability earned them the immediate respect of their teammates while they enjoyed quickly giving opposing players one to comment on their gender

“We’re both pretty much alike, so we both smile and carry on,” laughs Kathryn. “Then you get them out and they stomp off and are laughed at by their teammates for being kicked out by a girl. It was fun “

Amid the chaos of 2020, the Bryce sisters had 12 months that changed their lives, offering a professional contract and subsequent inclusion in The Hundred made cricket their career, which was unthinkable at the beginning

They hope – like the ECB – that the new format will hit the market and improve the profile of women’s game in competition with men.It’s also an opportunity for them to stand out alongside some of the world’s best on a bigger stage / p>

But with Kathryn, an all-rounder representing Trent Rockets, and Sarah, a wicketkeeper, on the Oval Invincibles list, how will they fare on different teams?

“In 2018 or 2019 I played for Nottinghamshire and Kathryn for Warwickshire so we had a game against each other,” explains Sarah. “My team won, I would like to point out I think it’s fair to say we’re pretty competitive

“Luckily we played on the same team most of the time. I think because Kathryn was older and better than me, I always wanted to be as good as her and beat her

“You always have the goal of how you want to be. That definitely got me ahead”

In the blue of Scotland, the goals of the sisters are coordinated. Kathryn has been captain since April 2018, Sarah is now her deputy

Both have represented their country since their youth The highlight is an undefeated partnership of 336 players playing for the U17

The incredibly talented couple agree that their ultimate goal is to lead Scotland to a first ever World Cup – they also want to inspire the next generation of girls to play cricket

“I think it would be fantastic to be in a World Cup,” says Kathryn. “The respect for this competition is huge, and even the players in it are more respected in the cricket community

“More players get more opportunities to play abroad, be it in the WBBL or in the women’s IPL – these opportunities to develop their game

“In the short term, the Commonwealth Games [in Birmingham] are obviously next year. It would be a real boost for Scottish cricket if we could qualify”

Sarah added: “It would be tremendous for Scotland to qualify for a World Cup. It was a dream of mine from a young age and that is definitely our big goal for the next few years”

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