11 Loughborough cricketers awarded central contracts

Eleven current and former Loughborough students have been awarded central contracts by the England and Wales Cricket board for 2016-17.

Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield and Fran Wilson are amongst the 19 ladies on the central contract list.

Fran Wilson is the only addition to the 18 women who formed the first group to be given central contracts in 2014. Fran graduated from Loughborough University on Monday with a Masters in Sport and Exercise Nutrition.

Fran made her international debut in 2010 yet has not represented England since 2011. Clare Connor, the ECB Director of women’s cricket said:

She thoroughly deserves to be awarded a central contract. She scored significant runs throughout the summer and has been a dedicated member of the England women’s performance squad during the past 18 months.

With new coach, Mark Robinson, the England Women will be up against South Africa in February 2016, with three one-day internationals followed by three T20 Internationals.

England will also take part in the 2016 World Twenty20 in India, overseas tours to the West Indies and Sri Lanka and a home series against Pakistan.

For more on this announcement, visit the England and Wales Women's Cricket website.