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Cricketers’ Jersey link to ‘push boundaries’

Middlesex Women announce partnership scheme for when matches resume

09 April, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Captain Naomi Dattani in action for Middlesex Women, who are based at Lord’s. Photo: Matt Bright Photography

MIDDLESEX have struck up a partnership that promises to “push the boundaries of female cricket talent development” to new heights.

With all sport temporarily paused due to the coronavirus outbreak, the club, which plays its home games at the world-famous Lord’s ground in St John’s Wood, have agreed “a long-term strategic partnership” with
Jersey Cricket.

Tuesday’s announcement was the culmination of months of hard work behind the scenes, and will enable both organisations to harness their combined expertise and resources to create innovative development programmes for local women and girls.

Initial plans, prior to the current crisis, were for Jersey, number 37 in the ICC Associate Nations T20I rankings, to tour England in late May, train with the Middlesex Women’s side, and play three T20 matches at Mill Hill School.

And to reciprocate, Middlesex Women – who were due to start their season this weekend – had plans to run training camps in Jersey.

Speaking of the new partnership, Danni Warren, head of women’s cricket for Middlesex, said: “It is really exciting to be working with Jersey Cricket.

“Having discussed our respective visions in depth, it was obvious that we share a lot of common aspirations, making this partnership the natural next step.

“It had been planned that Jersey Women would visit Middlesex at the end of May, combining the opportunity for them to train as a group in new environments with a number of matches between the two sides.

“Despite this being postponed due to the current Covid-19 situation, we are committed to facilitating similar opportunities for both of our playing groups going forward.

“As a coaching staff we cannot wait to explore further projects, all of which will provide our players with new and innovative developmental opportunities.”

Lee Meloy, youth performance manager and women’s head coach at Jersey Cricket Board, added: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Middlesex Cricket and look forward to the opportunities ahead.

“Having spoken with Danni, it’s clear both sides are focused on long-term development and growth of the game whilst looking to provide our talented players with new experiences.

“Our pre-season tour would have been a great way to kickstart this but circumstances out of our control have meant plans have had to be put on ice for now.

“Looking at the bigger picture; it’s a very exciting time for women’s cricket.

“To be able to work closely with such a well-established organisation will undoubtedly leave a legacy for our female cricketers.”

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