- New England women’s playing contracts to run from 1st February 2016 – 31st January 2017
- Lisa Keightley steps down as England Women’s Academy Head Coach
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today announced the England Women’s Performance Squad (EWPS), England Women’s Academy (EWA) and England Women’s Development Programme (EWDP) winter training squads for 2015-2016.
The three squads, which constitute the England women’s cricket pathway, will feature 54 players this winter, ranging from England women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards as part of the 21-strong EWPS, to Surrey’s fifteen-year-old Rihanna Southby, who is the youngest member of the EWDP.
Training for all three squads will commence from October at the National Cricket Performance Centre (NCPC) in Loughborough.
EWA Head Coach, Lisa Keightley, will be returning to her native Australia in October to take up a role with the Western Australia Cricket Association. In the interim, ECB’s Women’s & Girls’ High Performance Manager Jonathan Finch will lead the EWA.
The ECB has also today confirmed that the next wave of England women’s central contracts will be awarded from 1st February 2016 – 31st January 2017. The recipients of the new contracts will be announced before the end of the year.
ECB’s Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “We saw during the Women’s Ashes series this summer that the standard of international women’s cricket is constantly being pushed forwards and we must ensure that we have a structure in place that produces a continual stream of talented players, who are ready to perform in an England shirt if the opportunity arises. The England women’s cricket pathway is wider reaching and better resourced than ever before, and it is particularly encouraging to see some exciting young prospects coming through from the England Women’s Development Programme.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lisa Keightley for her hard work with the England Women’s Academy over the last four and a half years. Her passion, determination and brilliant coaching capabilities have helped develop the Academy into a world class programme, and we wish her all the very best as she pursues new opportunities back home in Australia.”
England women will next be in action in February 2016 when they will travel to South Africa to play a three match One-Day International series and three match Twenty20 International series. The England women’s squad for this tour will be announced early next year.
England women’s cricket pathway 2015-2016 winter training squads:
|England Women’s Performance Squad||England Women’s Academy||England Women’s Development Programme|
|1||Tammy Beaumont (Kent)||Georgia Adams (Sussex)||Emily Arlott (Worcestershire)|
|2||Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)||Hollie Armitage (Yorkshire)||Megan Belt (Kent)|
|3||Kate Cross (Lancashire)||Ellen Burt (Sussex)||Maia Bouchier (Middlesex)|
|4||Jodie Dibble (Devon)||Stephanie Butler (Staffordshire)||Georgie Boyce (Nottinghamshire)|
|5||Charlotte Edwards (Kent)||Freya Davies (Sussex)||Izzy Cloke (Kent)|
|6||Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)||Sophia Dunkley (Middlesex)||Isabelle Collis (Sussex)|
|7||Natasha Farrant (Kent)||Sophie Ecclestone (Cheshire / Lancashire)||Alice Dyson (Derbyshire)|
|8||Lydia Greenway (Kent)||Katie George (Hampshire)||Emily Edgcombe (Cornwall)|
|9||Rebecca Grundy (Warwickshire)||Alex Hartley (Middlesex)||Tiarna Gilkes (Warwickshire)|
|10||Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire)||Evelyn Jones (Staffordshire)||Sarah Glenn (Derbyshire)|
|11||Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)||Emma Lamb (Lancashire)||Cordelia Griffith (Essex)|
|12||Amy Jones (Warwickshire)||Sophie Luff (Somerset)||Lucy Higham (Leicestershire)|
|13||Heather Knight (Berkshire)||Alex MacDonald (Yorkshire)||Hannah Jones (Surrey)|
|14||Beth Langston (Essex)||Bryony Smith (Surrey)||Sophie Mackenzie (Cornwall)|
|15||Laura Marsh (Kent)||Eleanor Threlkeld (Lancashire)||Anna Nicholls (Middlesex)|
|16||Natalie Sciver (Surrey)||Tara Norris (Sussex)|
|17||Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)||Rhianna Southby (Surrey)|
|18||Sarah Taylor (Sussex)||Erin Staunton Turner (Lancashire)|
|19||Fran Wilson (Middlesex)||Lucy Staunton Turner (Lancashire)|
|20||Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)|
|21||Danielle Wyatt (Nottinghamshire)|
Pictured above – Sophie Luff