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World Cup heads to Kent

Young female cricketers in Kent are in for a World Cup double this month when Lydia Greenway will accompany the magnificent World Cup trophy to Leeds and Broomfield Cricket Club.

Kent batter Greenway was part of the England women's side which lifted the World Cup in Australia in March and youngsters will be able to do the same on Tuesday 26 May.

The appearance of the trophy is designed to boost the development of the girls' section of the historic cricket club, which lies within the grounds of Leeds Castle.

The special, girls-only cricket day, for 9-12 year olds, is supported by Chance to shine, the Cricket Foundation’s national campaign to educate state school children through cricket.

Greenway will be on hand to give coaching to all the girls taking part on the day.

John Higgs, chairman of Leeds and Broomfield CC Juniors, is looking forward to the day.

Lydia Greenway

Lydia Greenway takes a tumbling catch against Pakistan during England's World Cup winning campaign in March

"We are thrilled that Lydia and the World Cup will be coming to our club. As a progressive club with ECB Clubmark accreditation and the willingness to promote the game at all levels, LBCC adopted the only women's team in the area during the winter.

“With the successful integration of two senior women’s teams, we are now looking to increase the female membership, particularly at junior level, and to arrange fixtures for them. A warm welcome awaits girls and their parents to our friendly club for this girls-only event during the Whitsun half-term holiday.”

Indeed, after 247 years, history was made when the first women’s match to be played on the ground saw Leeds & Broomfield Women, aptly known as the LBWs, make a successful start at their new home by defeating Redoubtables by 36 runs.

The girls’ cricket day costs just £2 and takes place between 10.30am-3.00pm. There will be coaching and mini cricket matches as well as the chance to be photographed with Greenway and the World Cup.

For more information contact David Sear on sear758@btinternet.com or call 07710 742439 or 01227 767376.