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New Book Released
[Based on an ECB Press Release]
An exclusive behind the scenes account of England’s 2015 Women’s Ashes campaign, written by David Tossell, will be released on Friday 15th April.
The 320 page book entitled: “The Girls of Summer: An Ashes Year with the England Women’s Cricket Team” tells the vivid story behind an historic year for the team, which ultimately ended in Ashes heartbreak in front of a record-breaking crowd in Hove.
To write the book, author David Tossell was given unprecedented access to follow the England women’s team from within the set-up over a nine month period – from freezing training mornings at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough in January, to the dressing room and team meetings throughout the seven match multi-format Women’s Ashes series against Australia.
Speaking about the release of the book, England women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards, said:
“I am sure that The Girls of Summer will be a fascinating read. As a team we welcomed David into the group from the very beginning – he saw, felt and lived every moment with us – from the highs in Taunton and Chelmsford to the lows in Canterbury and heartbreak in Hove. I will always ultimately reflect on the 2015 Women’s Ashes series with an overriding feeling of disappointment, but there is so much more depth to the story of last summer than the final score line, and we are looking forward to sharing that story through this book.
“It is also brilliant news that Chance to Shine will receive some of the book proceeds. The England women’s cricket team has very close links to the charity through our work as coaching ambassadors for them, so it is excellent that they will benefit in this way.”
Author David Tossell added:
“Watching the events of such an historic year from close quarters was a real privilege and a fascinating experience. It was impossible not to get caught up in the emotions of the dressing room and to feel deeply the highs and lows that the girls were going through. Hopefully, those emotions, plus the great range of characters within the England team, will come across to anyone reading the book."
To celebrate the release of the book on Friday 15th April England women’s duo, Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway, will deliver a Chance to Shine coaching session and book signing at Houghton Primary School in Huntingdon – less than ten miles from where the England women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards grew-up in Pidley.
The Girls of Summer includes:
Non-England Internationals to Play in the Super-League Announced
The names of the internationals (other than the English players which had already been announced) have now been released. The squads are here.
If there was an overall impression I obtained as I read down the list it was - where are the Pakistani, Sri Lankan or possibly even Bangladeshi players? I had been wondering if the likes of Sana Mir or Chamari Atapattu might get a spot. Rumour has it more than 80 overseas players asked for a place in one squad or another. With space for just 18, I profess still to be disappointed not to see players of this ilk playing in England this summer, although, of course, I would expect to see Sana Mir with the touring Pakistan side. Eighteen from eighty was never going to be easy and I guess it's possible Atapaatu et al did not put their names forward anyway. I would love to have a look at that list and chose my own eighteen. Many of the players would of course be exactly the same, but all? Probably not - and I doubt if it would agree with your list either.
How balanced are the squads? Something I must think about when the rest of the names are released of England Academy and County players...
Drip, Drip, Drip
Thoughts of many have turned to the forthcoming Kia Super league (KSL) even though the cricket season is imminent but not even underway for most. The reason, of course, is the drip feed of information being released. First we learned about the overseas players and how they were to be allocated, and this was followed a little later by the England players. Finally we heard about the EWA girls and the county players. This drip, drip, drip is designed to keep interest alive as we all know but there seem to be a number of tricks that are missing. Either no one has thought of them or enthusiasm among the hosts is not high enough (I do hope not!) to warrant the effort. I am referring to the information available on the web. Were it not for a few sites, some run by semi-pros or amateurs, I am not sure much info would have escaped at all.
I set out to see if the team lists were available from the hosts sites, with mixed results. A continual gripe of mine too - where are the shirt numbers? I guess they'll be on the printed programmes sold at the grounds. Which suddenly makes think "will there be programmes?". Yes - of course there will. I'll ahve to wait for more info until then I guess.
The County Season Underway
And there's only one place you'd expect me to be... You're right, on the boundary of Sussex's two games over the Bank Holiday. I'd gone to watch one team (well, one Sussex team anyway) and drove home having seen two. The one that played against Warwickshire (scorecard) looked as if they hadn't seen green grass for a while (as indeed they hadn't) and were (as someone put it) "ring rusty". Nothing goes right for you when that's the state of things and it certainly didn't go right for Sussex on Day One. Georgia Adams (45) and Paige Scholfield (20) were the players into double figures until Izzy Noakes appeared at no. 9. A final total of 126 included 37 extras - although 6 were leg-byes.
During the innings one bowler in particular came to my attention. Sure she wasn't the leading wicket taker on the day, but it's a while since I've seen a leg-spinner produce such turn, and at times bounce, as Georgia Davis (2-30), still just 16 years old. She's one to watch for the future.
This should never have been enough and indeed it wasn't. Sussex claimed an early wicket but then Minahil Zahoor and Anna Lanning put on almost 70 for the second wicket. With Marie Kelly's 31* Sussex's fate was sealed.