More than 200 girls from Gloucestershire were given the cricketing lesson of a lifetime last week with a visit from Ashes-winning England players Lydia Greenway and Beth Morgan.
The pair visited North Cotswold Young Cricketers CC, Chipping Camden School and Frampton-On-Severn CC during a two-day trip to inspire the next generation of female players in the county.
Lydia was appearing after scoring her country’s highest-ever T20 score of 80 not out to clinch victory over Australia while Beth has recently retired from a 10 year international career.
Their first morning was spent coaching the Year 11 girls at Chipping Camden School before running an after-school session that was open to pupils of all ages. They then ran a taster session at North Cotswold Young Cricketers CC – a club that is in the process of trying to set up a girls section.
The following day the two players coached girls from around 70 girls aged eight to 11, from Lakefield, Longney and Whitminster Schools at Frampton-On-Severn CC.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board clubs and programmes officer Lisa Pagett said: “It was a fantastic couple of days and the girls absolutely loved having Lydia and Beth there. For them to be able to talk to their heroes and pick up tips from players who have done it at the very highest level was a great experience and one we hope will inspire them in their own cricket.”
Beth and Lydia were appearing in their roles as coaching ambassadors for the Cricket Foundation’s Chance To Shine campaign which aims to get more children playing cricket in state schools.
Source: Gloucestershire Cricket Board