On Monday some of the girls involved in this year’s Lightning League met in Loughborough for a training session and Q&A session with some of the world’s leading female cricketers.
The session was led by Loughborough Lightning and England players Amy Jones and Beth Langston and Australian overseas player Elyse Villani. The girls were put through their paces in some fielding drills before going into nets. Elyse Villani, who has 28 ODI and 42 T20 international caps for Australia took the time to give 1:1 batting coaching to some of the girls throughout the session. Meanwhile Lightning’s opening bowler Beth Langston helped the girls’ understand the benefits of swinging the ball and the importance of the front arm.
Following the session, Warwickshire captain Marie Kelly and England Senior Academy player, Thea Brookes joined for a Q&A session. The girls asked some really thought provoking questions to gain an insight into the training life of the players and Langston recalled the feeling of the World Cup win (much to Villani’s disgust). However the Q&A wouldn’t be complete without some funny questions and revealing their favourite pizza toppings caused a debate amongst some of the girls.
The afternoon was a great success and it was pleasing to see so many girls take inspiration from the Loughborough Lightning players. Finally, a massive thank you to the players who took time out of their busy schedule to help inspire the next generation of female cricketers.
Loughborough Lightning play at Haslegrave, Loughborough on Friday vs Yorkshire Diamonds @ 4pm as they look to record their first win of the 2017 campaign. Tickets can be found here