Australians head to Greenfield for landmark fixture

Newcastle City girls team

GREENFIELD Cricket Club has been chosen to host a groundbreaking fixture between a touring Australian girls’ squad and Lancashire’s regional development centre side.

Newcastle City team from New South Wales is currently on a UK tour and attending the final World Cup group match between Australia and South Africa at Old Trafford on Saturday, July 6.

The following day (July 7) they travel to Ladhill Lane to play a 50 overs per side, pink ball game against a Lancashire side at 11am.

Greenfield youngsters will form a guard of honour while the club will stream the historic contest live over the internet. 

Jen Barden, head coach of Lancashire Thunder’s Development centre, said: “Newcastle are saying in Manchester and wanted to play a team within reasonable travelling distance.

“More importantly they wanted to visit a club with a good history of playing and promoting girls’ cricket and Greenfield fitted the bill perfectly.

“It’s great they can showcase the club and what they are doing for the girls’ game.”

Shivani Mehta

Two Aussie teenagers to watch out for are Shivani Mehta and Clare Webber.

Newcastle coach Tommy Anderson said: “Shivani is a fantastic young player with a big future.

“She opens the batting and bowling and is probably the best fielder in the squad. 

“Clare was the NSW Country Under 15 captain last year. 

She bats in the top order and is an aggressive, hard hitter and that loves scoring runs.

Clare Webber

“The team started around 18 months ago and now we have 17 cricketers embarking on this cricketing adventure playing seven games in 15 days.

“Our team has six current NSW U18 players, one current U15 player and three former U15 squad members. 

“The remaining seven are all in the CNSW Girls’ Cricket Academy. 

 We are looking forward to playing you and beating you. We are Australian!

• THREE of Greenfield’s talented young players have also been starring further afield.

Joe Aston captained the U14 Lancashire development side against Staffordshire.

Greenfield cricketer Joe Aston

Greenfield’s Kartik Joshi played in the same game and scored a half century in a 144-run win.

Both players have been selected for the full U14 county team to play Nottinghamshire while Kartik has also been selected for Lancashire for the forthcoming Taunton Festival.

Joe also hit 103 for the U15 Oldham district side in a win against Sefton.

Greenfield’s Will Jackson has been named U11s Lancashire vice-captain and scored 52 in a Roses victory against Yorkshire.

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