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Colvin on cloud nine

Holly Colvin

Holly Colvin has been an integral part of England women's recent success

England left-arm spinner Holly Colvin was left celebrating after being awarded four A grades at A-Level from Brighton College.

The 18-year old, who is currently on tour with England Women playing in the NatWest Women’s Series against South Africa, achieved the grades in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Latin.

Colvin managed to successfully combine studying for her A-Levels alongside an international cricket tour to Australia where she helped England retain the Ashes with a win at Bowral and draw an ODI series, returning home to complete the syllabus and revise.

She is due to take a gap year in Australia and will then help England in their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign in Australia in March as well as in their quest to win the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in England in June 2009.

Colvin, who will accept a place at Durham University in September 2009 to study Natural Sciences, said: “I’m relieved that I got the grades I needed to get into Durham.

“I can now concentrate fully on preparing myself in Australia this winter for the two forthcoming World Cups. It’s a great opportunity for me and one I will relish.

“It was tough combining my cricket with studying for the exams, but something I knew I had to do and I’m just pleased that all my hard work has paid off!

“We’ve just beaten South Africa in the NatWest Women’s Series, so attention will now switch to the NatWest Women’s International Twenty20s and then the forthcoming series against India who will be tough opposition.”