Eve Alder has become the first Gloucestershire player to be
selected for the England Women's Under 15 Winter Training Programme.
The talented 13-year-old will join 26 others youngsters from
around the country at three camps at the National Cricket Performance Centre in
Allrounder Eve, who plays for Cirencester CC was selected
after a stunning 2012 season that saw her open the bowling for three different
county age groups, average 74 with the bat for the under 13s and win their player
of the year award.
And the Kingshill School pupil – who is one of the youngest
girls on the programme - said she was shocked and delighted when she found out
She said: "Because of my age it wasn't really an aim for
this year but it was a really good surprise. It should be a great experience as
I will be training with the top coaches and players in the country."
Having two older brothers Eve was introduced to cricket
playing in the back garden but has been involved with the Gloucestershire set
up since appearing at an under 11 boys' district trial two years ago. Since
then she has gone from strength to strength and is one of only two girls on
Gloucestershire's Emerging Players Programme.
And while the number of girls playing the game in
Gloucestershire is growing, Eve - who is also a talented footballer and hockey
player – says she thinks more should try their hand at cricket.
She said: "I think some girls see it on TV and think it
might be a bit boring when they play it they find out that it's good really
fun. There are more teams for girls now and I think more girls should give it a
Gloucestershire Cricket Board women and girls development
officer Lisa Pagett said: "Eve has progressed really well and played two age
groups up last year. If it wasn't for rain she would also have played in the
senior women's team which would have made her the youngest player to do so for
a long time."
Lisa said: "Right from when we first saw Eve she was
instantly impressive. She is the kind of girl who listens to advice and takes
it on board very quickly. She always wants to learn and has made real strides
in her batting in particular this year. She thoroughly deserves her selection
and it will be a wonderful opportunity for her."
Eve was selected after impressing ECB talent scouts who were
alerted by Lisa.