Clitheroe’s Hartley set to make 50-over World Cup debut

TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 27: Alex Hartley of England Women during the 3rd Royal Royal London ODI between England Women and Pakistan Women at The Cooper Associates County Ground on June 27, 2016 in Somerset, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 27: Alex Hartley of England Women during the 3rd Royal Royal London ODI between England Women and Pakistan Women at The Cooper Associates County Ground on June 27, 2016 in Somerset, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Clitheroe’s Alex Hartley has been included in England Women’s ICC Women’s World Cup squad.

Hartley is one of five players in the squad, along with Beth Langston, Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson and Lauren Winfield, who have yet to experience their first 50-over World Cup.

England coach Mark Robinson said: “We are hugely excited about the potential of this squad.

“There will be no better and greater stage than a home World Cup for our players to showcase what they are about and we are really excited about what this group of girls could potentially achieve.”

England captain Heather Knight added: “I’m very proud of all the girls in this squad, as cricketers and people.

“We’re a young group but we’ve made massive strides over the past 12 months and everyone has worked so hard.

“We know it’s going to be a tough tournament - and we won’t go in as favourites - but backed by home support we’ll do our best to challenge for the trophy.”

Director of England Women’s Cricket Clare Connor said: “Hosting the ICC Women’s World Cup this summer is a wonderful opportunity for our sport and for this exciting England team.

“The fact that Derby is already sold out is telling of the appetite that exists for women’s cricket in this country.”

The hosts get their campaign underway at the County Ground in Derby against India on june 24th.