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Maddie bowls into top photo competition

Action shot of fast bowler Maddie, taken by her coach, Matt Hunkin

Hot on the heels of England women’s most recent international cricketing success, one Year 12 student is celebrating her own cricketing feat – appearing in the annual Wisden-MCC photo competition.

An action shot of fast bowler Maddie, taken by her coach, Matt Hunkin, while touring with Gloucestershire CCC’s U17s Women’s team in Sri Lanka last year, was one of 11 to be shortlisted in this year’s contest.

Maddie, aged 16, who bats at number six, joined Stoke Bishop CC at aged 7, and successfully trialled for Glos CCC U11 girls’ team two years later.

She made her Gloucester Senior Women’s Team debut last July when she was 15, just after finishing her GCSEs.

Also a member of Frenchay CC, matches can amount to as many as three a week in the summer including her county cricket commitments.

Maddie’s love of cricket began simply, knocking a ball around in the garden with her older brother. She said: “Cricket has taught me so much and I love being able to play it at school. It’s great to see more girls taking it up too.”

Women's cricket is still very much in the ascendency, with England’s women blazing a trail in the UK with their World Cup win of 2017.

Whilst the T20 World Cup in 2020 might be coming a little too early for Maddie, England Women's success continues to grow the fan base, which is reflected in the huge growth in uptake in schools.

Redmaids' High Juniors and Seniors are looking forward to a variety of fixtures both locally and around the South West region this summer, joining more than 60,000 girls now enjoying cricket at school level.

Meanwhile, Maddie, who is also a keen netballer and hockey player, is looking forward to passing on some cricketing tips to fellow pupils here, as well as at her old school, Elmlea Junior School in the summer term.

Her shortlisted photo will be displayed at the MCC Museum at Lord’s cricket ground during the summer, where her great great great great uncle – none other than WG Grace himself – is commemorated. Something clearly runs in the family!

Date Posted: 07 May 2019
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