Evie looking to build on 2023

2023 has been quite a year for Evie Dixon.

As well as making her debut for Somerset, she was also awarded the Harry Burden Bursary at the annual Harry Burden Memorial Lunch earlier this month.

The 17-year-old, who attends SGS College in Bristol, plays her club cricket for Bath CC.

The off spinner has been involved with the Somerset Pathway since Under 13 level and was part of the Under 18s tour of Sri Lanka last year where she claimed nine wickets in three matches with a best of five for 32.

She went on to make her full Somerset debut against Wales this summer, taking one for 19 from her four overs.

Evie is also part of the Somerset and Western Storm Emerging Player Programmes. A Level Two qualified coach, she also coaches the Bath CC girls.

We caught up with her this week to discuss what has been a year to remember.

“I was really grateful to receive the bursary,” she said. “I think that the memorial lunch is a lovely way to remember Harry and I’m so grateful for this extra support towards my cricket. The award will certainly help a lot with training and equipment. It’s a real honour and it was amazing to meet someone like Andy Caddick.”

It’s an exciting time for women’s cricket at the moment. What’s it like being a part of the game at a time of such rapid change and development?

“It’s so motivating to see that a career in cricket is now something that women and girls can achieve. To see women making a living out of cricket is so rewarding to see. There are more opportunities now and I’m really grateful for that.”

One previous winner of the Harry Burden Bursary is Somerset teammate, Lauren Filer who has gone on to excel at international level this year. Is that something that Evie sees as a motivation?

“What Lauren has achieved in the last few years is great to see,” she said. “I was so happy to see her make her England debut and it’s so cool to see someone from Somerset doing that because it really shows that the Pathway is working and producing cricketers like Lauren.”

What does 2024 have in store for Evie?

“I want to continue to work hard towards becoming a pro cricketer. I want to be consistent with my wicket taking and be athletic in the field. I really enjoy the coaching side of things too, so I want to develop that as well. It’s important for me to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can and improve my skills both as a player and a coach.”