Six Players Named in England Women’s Pathway

Published: 4th November, 2016

Six Surrey players have been named in the newly-structured England Women’s Pathway that was announced today.

Hannah Jones, Bryony Smith, Alex Travers, Rhianna Southby, Eva Gray and Amy Gordon are all included in the scheme, with Jones and Smith in the England Women’s Senior Academy and the other four players in the England Women’s Academy.

Both Jones and Smith are currently in the UAE training alongside the England Women’s squad as they compete for the final place in the squad that will tour Sri Lanka later this month. That squad already contains four members of the Surrey Stars, the club’s team in the Kia Super League, captain Natalie Sciver, opener Tammy Beaumont and spinners Laura Marsh and Alex Hartley, who was named as Player of the Series on the recent tour of the West Indies.

Paying tribute to the achievement, Surrey Women’s Head Coach Jeremy Greaves said: “All six of these players are good young cricketers and have done very well to reach this level at an early stage in their career.

“Due to our policy of introducing players to the county First XI at a young age, all six of these girls have experienced cricket at a high level and this England programme will be a great help to them as they seek to reach the next stage.

“With a Kia Super League team at the club as well, I hope to see the five players that have not yet been involved with the Surrey Stars making a case for selection in the near future.”

The four phases of the England Women’s Player Pathway are as follows:

ENGLAND WOMEN’S SQUAD – England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Robinson, and Assistant Coach, Alastair Maiden, are responsible for the England Women’s Squad who are on the verge of qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup on home soil next summer.  They travel to Sri Lanka on Monday for a four-match One-Day International series, with new central contracts due to be announced by the end of the year.

ENGLAND WOMEN’S SENIOR ACADEMY – John Stanworth takes up the new role of developing the next generation of England players, as Head Coach of the England Women’s Senior Academy.  For this winter, 19 players have been selected from 13 different counties for the Senior Academy programme, which will utilise the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough to improve the experience, performance and conditioning of promising talent.

ENGLAND WOMEN’S ACADEMY – Salliann Briggs leads the Academy programme for emerging talent, which is also based at the National Cricket Performance Centre.  A further 17 players, representing 10 different counties, have been selected for the Academy, which means that the talent for the three international programmes is drawn from a total of 17 counties.

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRES – The six Regional Development Centres are directly aligned to the Kia Super League structure – based across the six hosts – and will provide an opportunity for young players to grow and evolve in training environments more local to them.  This new tier means that the entire England Women’s Pathway will help to develop players from the ages of 13 to 31 over the next six months.

Commenting on the pathway, ECB’s Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “The pinnacle for any talented, aspiring young cricketer is to play and win matches for England, and through the England Women’s Pathway we believe that we are developing a structure to support their journey.

“The introduction of the six new Regional Development Centres aligned to the Kia Super League structure helps us to significantly broaden the talent pool that we are working with at the base of the pathway, and without any age constraints, we can take a broader and extended view of a young player’s potential. 

“From there, the England Women’s Academy and England Women’s Senior Academy are in place to help bridge the gap to international cricket, developing players with the skills needed on and off the field to perform for England.

“It’s important to note that the four stages of the pathway are not seen as detached programmes.  We understand that players develop at different rates, and there is an element of flexibility running through this.  So whilst a player might be initially included in one squad, this is not set in stone – we want players to be constantly challenging and vying to make the next step towards wearing an England shirt.”

England Women’s Senior Academy & England Women’s Academy winter training squads 2016-2017:

  England Women’s Senior Academy England Women’s Academy
Head Coach: John Stanworth Head Coach: Salliann Briggs
1 Georgia Adams (Sussex) Lauren Bell (Berkshire)
2 Hollie Armitage (Yorkshire) Maria Bouchier (Middlesex)
3 Georgia Boyce (Nottinghamshire) Izzy Cloke (Kent)
4 Thea Brookes (Worcestershire) Charlie Dean (Hampshire)
5 Ellen Burt (Sussex) Alice Dyson (Derbyshire)
6 Alice Davidson-Richards (Kent) Emily Edgcombe (Cornwall)
7 Freya Davies (Sussex) Danielle Gibson (Gloucestershire)
8 Sophia Dunkley (Middlesex) Sarah Glenn (Derbyshire)
9 Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire) Amy Gordon (Surrey)
10 Kate George (Hampshire) Eva Gray (Surrey)
11 Georgia Hennessy (Warwickshire) Lucy Higham (Leicestershire)
12 Evelyn Jones (Staffordshire) Anna Nicholls (Middlesex)
13 Hannah Jones (Surrey) Tara Norris (Sussex)
14 Emma Lamb (Lancashire) Millie Pope (Middlesex)
15 Sophie Luff (Somerset) Rhianna Southby (Surrey)
16 Paige Scholfield (Sussex) Alex Travers (Surrey)
17 Bryony Smith (Surrey) Katie Wolfe (Middlesex)
18 Linsey Smith (Berkshire)
19 Ellie Threlkeld (Lancashire)


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