Successful 2012 for Estonia ends with a Sports Scholarship

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 11:04 AM

The Estonian Cricket Association had a very successful year in 2012, and the icing on the cake was when Birgit Truu was offered a Sports Scholarship to an English University.

The year has had many noteworthy high-points including hosting and winning the Division 3 European Tournament, with Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley in attendance. It was also the first-time such a tournament was streamed live on the internet with commentary. The Men then held their own in Division 2, after promotion, whilst also winning the Baltic Cup. Locally Saaremaa CC won the Finnish Domestic T20 League.

The National Womens team participated in their first ever multi-team Tournament in Holland which resulted in much needed competition, friendship and cricket experience, whilst also winning the FinEst Cup against Finland, in Helsinki.

Junior cricket also had a monumentous year with the prestigious English College placing Cricket into their school curriculum. A record number of Juniors playing cricket regularly must also be noted, with a surge in active coaches and club involvement. The Junior year was topped off with a brand new event, Family Day, where parents and relatives were invited to get to know the game of cricket in a fun and family friendly environment.

The icing on the yearly cake was when Birgit Truu, captain of the Estonian Womens Team, was offered a Sports Scholarship to the University of Birmingham. Birgit is the first Estonian to be offered such a scholarship and it is a fantastic opportunity for someone who has taken to cricket like a fish to water. She is thoroughly deserving and will be sorely missed, as she not only plays a mean game but is also an integral part of the Junior Coaching scheme.

"I wouldn't have had this opportunity without cricket," said Birgit Truu.

With some our best talent leaving our shores for cricketing opportunities in England, the ECA certainly has their work cut out to top the great year that was, 2012.

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