Former England captain, Charlotte Edwards, visited Oakham School this morning as part of the launch of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and to celebrate Women’s Sport Week 2017.
It was an incredibly busy morning, with media from around the UK and the world converging on Doncaster Close to meet with Charlotte, members of the Australian team and our own students, as well as photographing the much-coveted World Cup trophy!
Charlotte was set the challenge of taking the ICC Women’s World Cup to each of the host venues, travelling over 500 miles, in one day, ahead of the start of the tournament. She set off from Lord’s with Oakham being her second stop. She generously gave her time to talk to some of our cricketers; Amy, Flora and Emma – all of whom play, or have played, at County Level, as well as for the School. Oakham’s newly formed girl’s cricket team have enjoyed a great season to date, winning their first game against Oundle by 50 runs.
Oakham School is delighted to be a part of this launch event, as well hosting two warm-up matches and a number of practice sessions for the Australian, South African and the West Indies teams.
“It is absolutely fantastic, and a real testimony to Oakham’s outstanding sports facilities that the ECB have asked the School to host these sessions and matches,” says Iain Simpson, Director of Sport. “It’s also a great opportunity for Oakham’s cricketers, who have been providing net bowling for the practice sessions.”