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23 October 2009 | PR 09/145

Student Beaumont to make England cricket debut

Tamsin Beaumont

Tamsin Beaumont.

Loughborough student Tamsin Beaumont is set to make her senior England cricket debut after being named in the squad for next month’s West Indies tour.

The Kent wicketkeeper has won a call-up to the England senior side after shining for the Academy team and will join Loughborough trio Nicky Shaw, Laura Marsh and Lydia Greenway in the 14-strong squad to tour St Kitts from 31 October - 14 November.

18-year-old Beaumont played an important part with the gloves and bat in the England women’s Academy matches against an ICC Europe XI in August, and was also instrumental in Kent's unbeaten run of 10 games in the LV= County Championship. Particularly impressive was her 136 opening the batting against Surrey.

The Chemistry and Sports Science student, who has been playing in Kent’s senior team for three years and first represented England U21s aged 16, is excited about making the step up to the seniors.

“I was told I was going up in the team rankings but I didn’t expect the call so soon,” she said. “I thought I’d have a few more years before I got selected for the seniors so it’s quite exciting.

“It’s good to know I’m good enough to be part of the best team in the world and I want to live up to that. They’re a great bunch of girls so I’m really looking forward to it.”

England women play West Indies in three ODIs and three Twenty20 matches. The trip provides an ideal opportunity for the team to prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 group stage, taking place in St Kitts early April-May 2010.

England women's head coach Mark Lane said: “This year has been incredible for the England women's team.

“After two ICC global events and the Ashes they have proved that they are unarguably the best team in the world in all formats of the game.

“My job now is to start planning for the 2013 World Cup in India and this trip to the West Indies is the first stage of that four-year process.”

England's all-conquering women head to the West Indies as world champions in both the 50-over and 20-over formats

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Notes for editors:

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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 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 institution.

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.

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