The following England Women’s Pathway squads have been selected on ECB programmes designed to support the players in taking the next steps on their journey towards international cricket.
Both groups will be attending a series of camps over the winter and playing a number of competitive matches in the summer to enhance their development and help them become more effective performers.
England Women’s Senior Academy (EWSA)
Hollie Armitage (Yorkshire)
Ellen Burt (Sussex)
Lauren Bell (Berkshire)
Georgie Boyce (Nottinghamshire)
Izzy Cloke (Kent)
Alice Davidson-Richards (Kent)
Freya Davies (Sussex)
Charlie Dean (Hampshire)
Sophie Dunkley (Middlesex)
Katie George (Hampshire)
Emma Lamb (Lancashire)
Bryony Smith (Surrey)
Linsey Smith (Sussex)
Ellie Threlkeld (Lancashire)
England Women’s Academy (EWA)
Alice Dyson (Derbyshire)
Danielle Gibson (Gloucestershire)
Sarah Glenn (Derbyshire)
Amy Gordon (Surrey)
Eva Gray (Surrey)
Rhianna Southby (Surrey)
Alexandra Travers (Surrey)
Katie Wolfe (Middlesex)
The EWSA is in place to enhance the skills of players to ensure they are equipped to perform for England on the international stage. This group of players will be exposed to high quality coaching and will experience domestic and international environments aimed at helping their game move forward.
The group has been trimmed from 18 last year to 14 this time round, with three players progressing to the EWSA having been a part of the EWA last year and nine changes in personnel overall.
Women’s High Performance Manager Jonathan Finch said: “Izzy Cloke, Lauren Bell and Charlie Dean have made the transition from the EWA after impressing over the summer and they will join a squad with several players looking to push on to international honours in the near future.
“We are excited by the players and the coaching team we have working with this group and following on from their initial camp in Desert Springs the younger players will be working towards a tri-series with Australia and South Africa next year.”
Initially the EWA will see a smaller number of players on the programme with a view to working closely with the Regional Development Centres and counties to grow the group as the winter progresses.
England Women’s Academy Head Coach Salliann Briggs has decided that due to her wider work commitments she can no longer fulfil the requirements of the role.
Both the EWSA and EWA will be overseen by Head Coach of the EWSA John Stanworth, supported by a team of coaches who will deliver across all levels of the England pathway.
Tom Smith and Gareth Breese will assist Stanworth in the day-to-day coaching requirements of the two programmes with various specialist coaches utilised throughout the winter to enhance the opportunities for players to develop.
Lead photo shows Ellie Threlkeld, receiving her LCB County Age Group Under 17 wicket keeper and bat, named the Girls Cedric Rhodes Player of the Season award in 2016 at the LCB Presentation evening.
Report courtesy of the ECB