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Proud Brindle carries Olympic Torch

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England women’s cricketer Arran Brindle has expressed her pride at carrying the Olympic Torch in her hometown of Louth, Lincolnshire.

The 28-year-old, who wrote herself into the record books by becoming the first woman to score a century in men’s Premier League cricket, took time out from England’s Natwest International T20 Series against India to take part in the relay in front of thousands of spectators.

Brindle, who has played over 60 one-day internationals for England, said: "I didn't realise today would be so amazing.

"Thousands of people in and around Louth, including those from Louth Cricket Club where I play and coach, have lined the streets to back the Olympic Torch Relay and to have the honour of running with it was a life experience I will never forget.

Arran Brindle

Arran Brindle acknowledges the crowd as she carries the Olympic Torch through Louth

“To think that playing cricket for my country has also led to a day like this, I'm still pinching myself and will be all the way back down to Chelmsford to re-join my England team-mates for our T20 against India tomorrow."

She was given the honour due to her dedication to the sport in her local community.

Her anonymous nomination highlighted Brindle's after-school clubs for students while also noting that she devotes a large part of her spare time to Louth Cricket Club.

The nomination read: “Arran has worked hard in her local community to encourage more people to take up cricket, with a particular focus on developing young female cricketers and introducing them to the game.

“It's a true inspiration for the students to be taught by one of the best players in the world.”

Local councillor Doreen Stephenson also paid tribute to Brindle’s efforts, adding: "Arran is an inspiration to many individuals and a great ambassador for our district."