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23 June 2008 PR 08/87

England host West Indies women at Loughborough

International cricket comes to Loughborough next month when the University hosts back to back one day international (ODI) fixtures between England women and the West Indies on 11 and 12 July.

The additional matches will provide England with valuable preparation ahead of the Natwest Women’s series in August and are being played so West Indies can reach their required quota in order to qualify to play ODIs.

West Indies have already qualified for the ICC women’s World Cup to be held in Australia next March and also the inaugural ICC women’s World Twenty20 to be held in England in June 2009.

ECB Head of women’s cricket, Clare Connor commented: “We’re really pleased to be able to play these two additional international matches against West Indies. It’s great to be able to help them with their qualification, but it also gives England vital preparation for the forthcoming series against South Africa and India.

“Playing two more ODIs also stands England in good stead as they prepare for the ICC women’s World Cup in Australia in 2009.

”The two teams were due to meet in the 2005 World Cup but the rain intervened. The two teams have therefore not met since 1993.

“With their integration into the West Indies Cricket Board now complete and with Sherwin Campbell at the helm as head coach, we are keen to see how they have developed.

“There is every chance that we may face them at the ICC World Cup in Australia next year or at the ICC World Twenty20 in June here in England; these two ODIs will therefore act as good preparation in case we come up against them at those global tournaments.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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