THE daughter of Chris Adams is due to make her debut for an ECB Development XI in the ICC Europe Women’s World Cup qualifying championships in Scotland on Aug 9-11.
The tall Georgia Adams, 16, from Brighton College, and 15 year-old Alice MacLeod, at Wellington College, are in the squad to play against Holland at Stirling County CC on Monday. Like her father, the former Sussex and England batsman, Georgia is a powerful batsman and useful bowler.
These two girls have benefited from the growing trend of female cricketers maturing in boys’ school teams, and the Berkshire co-ed Wellington, formerly a traditional boys only establishment, has a former England woman international as deputy head, Lucy Pearson.
Georgia was awarded the Clare Connor Scholarship at Brighton and has represented the school’s boys second team this year after recovering from an ankle injury during the England Juniors tour of South Africa last Easter.
The ECB side is captained by Joanne Cook, a Bedfordshire University student from Romford. Senior squads from Ireland, Scotland and Holland will be participating at Stirling County CC, with two of these three teams progressing to the final qualifying event in Bangladesh next year. The ECB XI, competing for the high-level experience, was selected from the England Academy and the ECB Under-17 girls’ development squad under the guidance of Paul Shaw, ECB high performance manager, and Mark Lane, England Women’s head coach.
Commenting on the selected squad, Shaw said: ‘This is a great opportunity for these young, high potential players from across the country to gain valuable experience of performing at international level. This competition provides the players with the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed within training sessions with their counties.”
ECB Development Squad
Joanne Cook, (capt), Essex
Izzy Westbury (vice capt), Somerset
Georgia Adams, Sussex
Amara Carr (wk), Devon
Deanna Cooper, Kent
Catherine Dalton, Essex
Kathryn Doherty, Yorkshire
Alex Hartley, Lancashire
Beth Langston, Essex
Beth MacGregor, Essex
Alice MacLeod, Berkshire
Lucy Maxwell, Warwickshire
Hannah Phelps, Sussex
Fran Wilson, Somerset
Schedule at Stirling County CC
Mon, Aug 9: Scotland v Ireland, Holland v ECB Development XI.
Tues, Aug 10: ECB Development XI v Ireland, Scotland v Holland.
Wed, Aug 11: Ireland v Holland, Scotland v ECB Development XI.