Rachel Hawkins today announces her retirement from international cricket to start a family following an eight-year career with Scotland.
The 28-year-old said: “I have loved being a part of the Scotland team’s journey over the last few years, it has been amazing.
“I have made friends for life and I know that with the great batch of young talent that is coming through now, led by the excellent Kathryn and Sarah Bryce, that the future is bright for women’s cricket in this country.
“For myself, it is the end of one journey, but the start of another with my family and I won’t be far away from a boundary edge cheering on the girls in the future that is for sure!”
Steven Knox, head coach of Scotland, said: “A huge congratulations to Scholesy on the news of her retirement from the game.
“Rach has been a core member of the Wildcats since I started coaching the team in 2016. She always relished the challenge of international cricket and this was summed up by her willingness to take the new ball in T20 cricket.
“Her performances with the ball since we were awarded T20I status in 2018 have been top class and rightly saw her feature as the 63rd ranked bowler in the world and the highest-ranked Wildcat.
“On behalf of all the players and support staff involved with the Wildcats, we’d like to wish Rachel and Simon well in what will undoubtedly be their biggest challenge yet. I sincerely hope that Rachel isn’t lost to women’s cricket in Scotland and that at some stage she can play a part in the continued growth of the sport!”
Hawkins, formerly Scholes, made her representative debut for Scotland in 2012 before playing 16 T20 Internationals when Scotland was awarded T20I status in 2018. Rachel has appeared in a number of global events, including the recent ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers held in Dundee and Angus in September 2019.
In those 16 T20I matches, Rachel has taken 16 wickets at an average of 14.62 with an economy rate of 4.12. Her best bowling figures are 4/10.
Cricket Scotland thanks Rachel for her commitment to Scottish cricket for the best part of a decade and wishes Rachel and her family well for the future.