With a boost in interest since England Women’s unforgettable 2017 World Cup win, women’s cricket is on the rise and the School Games is a fantastic opportunity for our young athletes to experience a large, multi-sport competition - and no doubt many of these cricketers are ones to watch in the future.

Wicketkeeper and batsman Ariana Dowse, 17, will represent Team Brunt at the School Games this summer. In the 2018 season with Hampshire Cricket, Ariana made most dismissals nationally (catches and stumpings) as she kept wicket in Ladies Division 1, also winning the Royal London One Day Cup (Division 1).

Also playing for Horsham Cricket Club, she achieved 82* batting against Tunbridge Wells. Ariana also has captaincy experience, leading Sussex U17 to the U17 Royal London Cup Final. With so much talent, Ariana will likely prove herself as a key player for Team Brunt this summer.

Team Knight will see 16-year-old Ella Chandler take to the field. A member of Aldershot Cricket Club, Ella describes her personal best as a 92 not out in a Hampshire U17s T20 and a fantastic 146* for Aldershot Ladies. Along with Ariana, Ella won the Royal London One Day Cup with Hampshire Ladies, scoring 56 in their final game of the season to secure the title. A great batswoman and off-spin bowler, we can’t wait to see what Ella has in store for us at the School Games.

For Team Sciver, 17 year old Bess Heath will lead the charge having this summer been selected to play for Yorkshire Diamonds in the Kia Super League. A member of Derbyshire Ladies First Team Heath has also been selected to play with the England Women's Cricket Academy. A keen batter and wicket keeper, Bess has an amazing 3,819 runs for Derbyshire Ladies to date, with 1,351 of those coming in just one season. Having once made 71 runs off 20 balls, it is no surprise that Bess’s high score is a whopping 131 runs. 

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