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Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced a twelve-strong MCC Women’s Young Cricketers (YCs) squad for the 2013 season.
The England Women’s quartet of Tammy Beaumont, Amy Jones, Sarah Taylor and Danni Wyatt, who between them have already collected over 230 international caps for England Women, lead a talented 2013 intake, which includes a further eight players who are already part of the England Women’s Academy set-up.
It is the second year that MCC has worked in collaboration with the ECB to deliver the MCC Women’s Young Cricketers programme, which is based at Lord’s – the Home of Cricket – throughout the summer. The programme will once again be led by England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Lane, with assistance from Lisa Keightley (England Women’s Academy Head Coach and former Australia Women’s captain), with each player working to a bespoke “Player Development Plan” to help them prepare for the challenges of playing international cricket.
A testing fixture schedule, with matches organised against a variety of tough opposition, including boys’ county sides and strong schoolboy teams, has also been included in the programme, which will see the players engage on average with around 30 hours of training or match time each week.
MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said:
“MCC is absolutely delighted to once again join-up with the ECB to deliver the MCC Women’s Young Cricketers programme for the 2013 season. The Club is a very proud supporter of women’s cricket, and it is fantastic that we can now offer such a dynamic and purposeful programme for some of the brightest young talents in England to intensively develop their skills at Lord’s during the summer.
“In particular, the opportunity for some of the younger players in the squad, such as eighteen-year-old Jess Watson from Yorkshire, to be able to share a dressing room with seasoned international performers like Sarah Taylor and Danni Wyatt, is invaluable, so I hope all the players make the most of their summer at Lord’s.”
ECB Head of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said:
“We are excited about another season working with MCC to develop some of our highest potential women’s cricketers. The MCC Women’s YCs scheme is going from strength to strength in terms of the opportunities we are able to create for player development, from a technical, tactical and physical perspective.
“Over the winter we were able to select a squad from the England Women's Development Programme to represent MCC in Abu Dhabi at the inaugural MCC U19 Women's ARCH Trophy. This represented another huge stride in terms of the joint commitment between the ECB and MCC to the women's game, and we look forward to a summer of even more exciting opportunities and performances."
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Notes to editors:
MCC was the first cricketing organisation in the world to pay female cricketers as professionals through the launch of the MCC Women’s Young Cricketers scheme in 2003. Over the last ten years the scheme has helped to develop some of the most promising women’s players in England – including ICC Women’s World Cup winners Caroline Atkins, Beth Morgan and Sarah Taylor. The collaboration with the ECB since 2012 represents the most recent development in the MCC Women’s YCs programme.
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