Top Associate female cricketers take on ECB Academy side
Fourteen talented female cricketers from Europe's top Associate Member countries - the Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland - came together at Worksop College in Nottingham last week to take on the ECB Academy side.
Based at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, the ECB Academy side is formed of the best up-and-coming young players who have been identified as potential future prospects for the national team.
With two Twenty20 and two 50-over matches scheduled across the week, there was plenty of opportunity for both squads to take part in some competitive level cricket. In fact, due to the adverse weather forecast, the first Twenty20 fixture was brought forward by one day allowing an extra 50-over match to be played during the week. Although this did reduce Europe's pre-match preparations, it allowed both squads an additional opportunity to observe their players in a game environment and experiment with a number of playing variations.
Philip Hudson, ICC Regional Performance Officer and Coach of the Europe XI team was particularly pleased with how the week progressed: "This week has been very much about assisting in the development of the players and giving them the opportunity to play as much competitive cricket as possible.
"It was pleasing to see that despite the results of the matches, the skill levels between our leading players and the majority of the England Academy girls were not too far apart. We must keep in mind that some of the ECB Academy side have been training for up to two years together, so it's a huge positive to see that our girls have the ability to compete at their level."
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