International trio inspire future generations with tour

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England cricketers Beth Morgan, Lydia Greenway and Susie Rowe recently completed a tour of Suffolk, visiting a number of schools and clubs with the aim of inspiring the next generation of girls to play cricket.

As part of the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine campaign, the players met youngsters at various locations including Stowmarket Middle School and Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club.

Now well into its eighth year, the Chance to Shine campaign continues to motivate and educate youngsters through cricket, with more girls than ever playing last year.

Of the 350,000 youngsters engaged in Chance to Shine in 2012, 46 per cent were girls.

Suffolk Cricket Board’s cricket development officer Andrew Blanchard said: “It was a great experience for the children and a real inspiration for our girls to continue to play cricket and enjoy the game.”

Greenway added: “I hope the girls came away from the three days feeling inspired to go along to their local club and become part of a rapidly growing sport for girls.

“My role as a Chance to Shine coaching ambassador is great as it allows me to combine playing international cricket with a job where I can really make a difference.”