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Nine girls selected across Academy & Emerging Players Programmes

There are four new faces in this year’s intake for the Sussex Cricket Girls’ Academy and Emerging Players Programme (EPP).

A total of nine girls have been selected for the programme. Cassidy McCarthy and Ella McCaughan return for their second and third years in the Academy respectively. They are joined by Freya Kemp who has progressed from the EPP.

Amie Anderson and Frankie Angel return to the EPP. Daisy Gibb, Sophie Grayson and twins Mary and Millie Taylor have been included in the programme for the first time.

The Academy trio are attending one-to-one training sessions twice per-week during the off-season, while those on the EPP have a group batting and a group bowling session each week.

Both programmes continue to be funded by Sussex women and girls sponsor, the Aldridge Foundation. Aldridge’s support ensures that, unlike at most other counties, Sussex’s Academy and EPP girls have their places on the programmes fully funded.

They also benefit from use of the state-of-the-art facilities at The Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA).

The programmes’ head coach, Ian Cox said: “It’s really pleasing to see how the girls from the programme are progressing, both with us and in the regional and the national pathways with players selected for both the England Academy and the Regional Development Centre.

“Hopefully we can continue to support the girls on their journey and with the new players joining the EPP this year. It will be exciting to see how they develop and where they all are in the years to come at what is an extremely exciting time for women and girls cricket.”

Details regarding selection for Sussex Cricket’s boys Elite Pathway Group will follow in the coming weeks.

Sussex Cricket Girls’ Academy 2019

Freya Kemp – Freya makes the step up from the EPP to the Academy this winter. The 14-year-old pupil at Bede’s School is a left-arm seamer and hard-hitting batter whose promise has also led to her inclusion in the England Women’s Academy and the Young Vipers Regional Development Centre. She made her senior Sussex debut this summer, as well as turning out for the under-17 and under-15 sides. Freya plays her club cricket at Fletching CC.

Cassidy McCarthy – a 17-year-old right-arm seamer and batter, Cassidy enters her second year on the Academy. She captained Sussex’s under-17 national final this summer and was also an integral part of the senior women’s side. Her impressive performances have also led to selection for this winter’s Young Vipers Regional Development Centre. As well as being part of the Sussex Women’s squad, Cassidy will play for the under-17s in 2020 as one of the three permitted ‘overage’ players. She plays her club cricket at Bells Yew Green CC and is a pupil at St. Gregory’s School in Tunbridge Wells.

Ella McCaughan – The right-hand top order batter and leg-spin bowler has been selected for the England Women’s Academy for the second year running and is also part of the Young Vipers Regional Development Centre. The Seaford Head School pupil and Ansty CC player enters her third year on the Academy after playing a full part in the Sussex Women’s programme in 2019. She also played a number of times for the county under-17 side that reached the national final.

Sussex Cricket Girls’ Emerging Player Programme 2019

Amie Anderson – Entering her third year on the EPP, Amie is a left-arm seamer and right-handed batter. The 16-year-old was part of the under-17 team last year and will play for them again in 2020. She plays club cricket at Bexhill CC and is a pupil at Bexhill College.

Frankie Angel – Frankie is a 15-year-old right-handed batter and wicketkeeper that captained Sussex’s under-15 team in 2019. She also made appearances for the under-17s, who she will play for next summer. This is the Ansty CC player’s second year on the programme. Frankie attends Downlands Community College and is also a goalkeeper for the England under-16 football team.

Daisy Gibb – Selected for the EPP for the first time, the 13-year-old is a right-arm seamer and middle-order batter. The Hurstpierpoint College pupil impressed for the Sussex under-13s this summer and will form part of the under-15 squad for 2020. Daisy plays club cricket for Bells Yew Green CC.

Sophie Grayson – Also entering her first year on the programme,15-year-old Sophie is a right-arm seamer and batter who featured for both the under-15 and under-17 Sussex teams in 2019. An under-17 for next summer, she attends Steyning Grammar School and plays for both West Chiltington CC and Ansty CC.

Mary Taylor ­– Mary is a 15-year-old  all-rounder that bats right handed in the top order and bowls right-arm seam. This is her first year in the EPP after progressing through the Sussex pathway since starting at under-10 level. She played for the under-15s in 2019 and has another year in that age group in 2020. Mary is a pupil at Bede’s School and plays for Eastbourne CC.

Millie Taylor  - Millie is an all-rounder that bats right-handed in the top order and bowls left-arm wrist spin. Like her twin sister, she has also been part of Sussex’s pathway since she was an under-10 and will play for the under-15 side for another season in 2020. She also attends Bede’s School and plays for Eastbourne CC.