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27 May 2009 | PR 09/58

England women’s cricket warm up at Loughborough

Five Loughborough cricketers past and present go head to head at the University’s cricket ground tomorrow (Thursday 28 May) when England take on England A in two Twenty20 matches as a warm-up to a busy summer season.

Students Nicky Shaw and Laura Marsh and graduate Lydia Greenway are part of the England team preparing for next month’s Twenty20 World Cup, while University cricket performance manager Alexia Walker captains an England A side that includes student Saliann Briggs as they start a five-match mini series that also sees them play an MCC select and Pakistan.

Walker, who coached the England A side last year before captaining them three times in matches against England, Ireland and South Africa, is looking forward to playing ‘at home’ and facing an up-and-coming international outfit.

“We’ve not played Pakistan before so it’s important for us to go out and beat them,” she said. “As an A side we feel we’re as strong, if not stronger than other full international sides - we have a large pool of talent and a great programme.

“We’ll be playing Twenty20 matches against Pakistan, which we’ve not had as much experience in so it will be good to get some games under our belts.

“To have high profile matches at Loughborough is great, given the University’s impressive reputation for cricket. For five of the girls on Thursday it will effectively be a home match, in an England shirt.”

The England v England A matches take place on Thursday at Loughborough University’s Haslegrave cricket ground at 12pm and 4pm. The England A series continues at Loughborough on Saturday (30 May) against an MCC select from 2pm then moves to Kibworth cricket club from 1-3 June for a trio of fixtures against Pakistan as they prepare for the women’s Twenty20 World Cup.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

Media wishing to attend either of the England fixtures at Loughborough should contact University Sports PR Officer Amanda Overend on 01509 228686 or ECB Media Relations Officer Imogen Gaunt on 0207 432 1253.

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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