Loughborough Alumni


8 Oct 2018

Alumnae form half of England Twenty20 squad

Seven Loughborough alumnae have joined two current students in being called up to the England squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in the West Indies next month.

Loughborough Lightning spinner and former student Linsey Smith (Sports Coaching, 2017), joins Tammy Beaumont (Chemistry and Sports Science, 2012), Lauren Winfield (Sports Science, 2014), Anya Shrubsole (Psychology, 2015), Natalie Sciver (Sport and Exercise Science, 2015), Amy Jones (Applied Sports Science, 2015) and Natasha Farrant (Sports Science with Management, 2018) and in being called up to the 15-strong squad.

With the decision representing Linsey’s first senior call-up, she said: "I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected for the England squad.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play cricket for England since I started playing 15 years ago, and to potentially do this in a World Cup is an incredible feeling.

“I was fortunate enough to have a good KSL [Kia Super League] with Loughborough and I thank the whole team there for the part they’ve played in this."

Also called up are current students Kirstie Gordon and Sophia Dunkley, as well as Loughborough Lightning players Jenny Gunn and Katherine Brunt, the latter having been the University’s Head Cricket Coach from 2010-12.

The team will make their final preparations at Loughborough University throughout October, looking to add to their ICC World Cup crown won last year. The Twenty20 competition begins on 10 November when England take on Sri Lanka. From there they play Bangladesh, South Africa and the West Indies across eight days.

We wish our alumnae and all of the England team the best of luck in the upcoming competition.

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