Source: ECB

England Women’s Academy squad named for tour to Sri Lanka

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The ECB has today announced the England Women’s Academy squad to travel to Sri Lanka at the end of the month to play in a tri-series against their Australian counterparts – the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars – and Sri Lanka Women “A”. 

HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: Kate Cross of England in action during day three of Women's test match between England and India at Wormsley Cricket Ground on August 15, 2014 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Kate Cross (Photo: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Lancashire seamer, Kate Cross, is included in the 15-strong touring party, which will play six 50-over matches and two Twenty20 fixtures, with the action getting underway against the Shooting Stars on Sunday 27th March at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.  Cross will be joined by three county team-mates: 16-year-old left arm spinner, Sophie Ecclestone, 17-year-old wicket-keeper, Ellie Threlkeld, and 18-year-old batting all-rounder, Emma Lamb.

The three week tour will be overseen by ECB’s Women’s and Girls’ High Performance Manager, Jonathan Finch, with support from former England and Sussex bowler, James Kirtley, and former Leicestershire batsman and current England Development Programme coach, Tim Boon, as assistant coaches.

Speaking about the tour, England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Robinson, said:

“The volume and standard of international women’s cricket has stepped up a gear over the last 18 months, and it is therefore really important that we expose as many players as possible to overseas conditions and pressurised match situations, so that we are developing a pool of players ready to pull on an England shirt.

“For this England Women’s Academy tour we have selected a squad which includes a couple of more experienced players like Kate Cross and Fran Wilson, alongside some high potential younger players like Sophia Dunkley and Sophie Ecclestone.  The seven tour matches will provide a good challenge for all of them to test their skills and aim to impress ahead of the start of the domestic summer.

“I am also delighted that we have been able to add James Kirtley and Tim Boon as assistant coaches for this tour.  Both have a huge amount of playing and coaching experience, and I am certain that their input will be valuable to all of the players.”

England Women’s Academy squad for tour to Sri Lanka:


Name County
Georgia Adams Sussex
Holly Armitage Yorkshire
Stephanie Butler Staffordshire
Kate Cross Lancashire
Freya Davies Sussex
Sophia Dunkley Middlesex
Sophie Ecclestone Lancashire
Alex Hartley Middlesex
Evelyn Jones Staffordshire
Emma Lamb Lancashire
Beth Langston Essex
Sophie Luff Somerset
Alex MacDonald Yorkshire
Ellie Threlkeld Lancashire
Fran Wilson Middlesex


Date Format Opposition Venue
27.3.16 50-over match Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars Sinhalese Sports Club
28.3.16 50-over match Sri Lanka Women “A” Sinhalese Sports Club
1.4.16 50-over match Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars P. Sara Oval
2.4.16 50-over match Sri Lanka Women “A” P. Sara Oval
6.4.16 50-over match Sri Lanka Women “A” MCA Grounds
7.4.16 50-over match Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars RPICS
10.4.16 Twenty20 match Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars RPICS


Report courtesy of the ECB