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England cricketer jokes 'someone's turned me on' after having floodlight named after her

Jul 31, 2023

Lancashire favourite Alex Hartley's light-hearted campaign to have a floodlight named in her honour has been successful - and it has been needed during the fourth Ashes Test

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England cricketer-turned-commentator Alex Hartley joked ‘someone's turned me on’ after having a floodlight named in her honour.

Lancashire lass Hartley, who will play for the Welsh Fire in the upcoming Hundred, has become a popular voice on the BBC’s cricket coverage, commentating Test Match Special and fronting her own successful podcast, ‘No Balls: The Cricket Podcast’, with former teammate Kate Cross.

Hartley has mounted a jokey campaign to have a floodlight named after her at her home ground, Old Trafford, which is hosting the fourth Ashes Test. And the 29-year-old’s wish was granted after Lancashire unveiled the Alex Hartley Floodlight.

The foot of the pylon features an image of Hartley in Lancashire colours and says ‘Here is your floodlight, Alex’ while her podcast is name-checked below.

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Hartley reportedly missed the message at first as she walked into the ground to commentate but was left very proud once she finally spotted it.

“I’m beaming with pride,” she said on TMS later. “Just wait till she gets turned on later, she’s going to look great. I wonder if I can phone Lancashire at 4am and say, ‘Will you turn my light on?’ Because I can see it from my house.”

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The floodlight was certainly required during a dank day four which was restricted to just 30 overs, with Australia losing just one wicket as they look to deny an England victory and retain the famous Urn with a match to spare.

At one point during the day’s proceedings, with the Hartley Floodlight blazing brightly, she tweeted: “Someone’s turned me on!!!”

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Just two hours of play were possible during a gloomy afternoon, with the morning and evening sessions wiped out by the weather, as Australia finished 61 runs behind on 214 for five. With the poor weather set to continue into Sunday, it is feared there will be little or no play on the final day.

One part of the ground was already named after a local hero, with one of the ends called the James Anderson End after the legendary bowler.