Published: 8th November, 2019
Amy Gordon, Alice Capsey, Chloe Brewer and Deeksha Sharma have all been selected for this winter’s England Pathway Programmes.
Gordon and Capsey, who both featured regularly throughout the last county campaign for Surrey Women, will join up with the England Women Academy while Brewer and Sharma will be part of the England Women Training Squad. All four will also continue to train with Surrey throughout the winter.
With Nat Sciver and Bryony Smith currently part of the England Women’s squad, there are now a total of six Surrey County Cricket Club players within the national setup.
18-year-old all-rounder Gordon (pictured) is the most experienced of the quartet having made her Surrey debut in 2017, playing a key role over the last three seasons and travelling with the Academy last winter. She also played seven matches in this year’s Kia Super League and claimed the wickets of high-profile internationals such as Suzie Bates and Alyssa Healy.
On Gordon, Surrey Women’s Head Coach Richard Bedbrook said: “Amy has had an excellent 12 months since being first selected onto the England Women’s Academy and has made real progress at making the transition from age-group cricket to Women’s cricket.
“From developing her role within the Surrey Women’s team towards being a genuine all-rounder to gaining further testing experience as a significant member of the Surrey Stars, she is well deserving of being involved in the EWA for another stint and we look forward to assisting her continued rise in the game.”
Capsey made her competitive debut at just 14 back in June and stood out as the pick of the Surrey bowlers against Hampshire with 3/65. She then claimed seven wickets in five appearances in the T20 campaign that followed immediately off the back of that match with Hampshire.
On Capsey, Bedbrook added: “Alice’s news at being lifted to the full EWA from last year’s England Women’s Training Squad is testament to the high potential that she possesses.
“Alice became a part of the Surrey Women’s Vitality T20 team in 2019 and at the age of 14 dealt with that level of cricket as smoothly as she seems to have done with every level of cricket so far.
“Whilst still being part of the Surrey CCC girls CAG programme, Alice will now train through the winter as a part of the Surrey Women’s squad and we look forward to working in conjunction with England and her school, Lancing College, in order to help Alice continue to improve, enjoy the game and challenge the players above her in the England pathway.”
Brewer & Sharma will both be part of the high potential training squad that gather throughout the winter in order to practice alongside other talented players from across the country. Brewer represents Shepperton CC in women’s cricket and Sunbury CC in boy’s cricket while Sharma plays for Spencer CC.
17-year-old Brewer, a right-handed top order batsman, made her debut for Surrey Women in May this year having been in the programme since 2015 while 15-year-old Sharma, a right-handed batsman who first played for an age-group team in 2017, has trained with the senior county side on numerous occasions but is yet to make her debut.
“In just one year involved in the Regional Development Squad, both Chloe & Deeksha embraced that programme and made use of the benefits that it brings with further training and support on top of their quality CAG programme.
“Their selections owe a great deal to both their desire to push their games forward and embrace change and development as well as to the coaches involved in the Surrey CAG programme that have nurtured them and helped them improve and chase their ambition to progress their game.
“Both players will also train throughout the winter as part of the Surrey Women’s squad and we hope to help them make further steps within the England Women’s pathway beyond the EWTS.”