Cricket girls travel to Sri Lanka

March 29 2018

SIX years after getting their first taste of cricket through Frenchay Cricket Club’s Chance to Shine programme, two girls travelled to Sri Lanka with the Gloucestershire U17 squad.

Georgie Hunt and Molly Bliss were both nine when they first picked up a bat and ball. The girls progressed through the Frenchay and Gloucestershire county age group squads, and now aged 15, they have also played senior cricket for Frenchay.

Their performances earned the girls the opportunity to fly over 5000 miles to play cricket in Sri Lanka as part of the 2018 bottlegreen Gloucestershire tour.

As part of the ten-day tour the pair played at the Pallekele International Stadium, a venue that has hosted six Test Matches.

Georgie, who went to Frenchay CE Primary and now attends Mangotsfield School, and Molly, who was at Bromley Heath Juniors before going on to Winterbourne Academy, were among six members of Frenchay CC in the squad. 

Jim Donaldson, Chance to Shine and Frenchay CC coach, who gave Georgie her first taste of the sport said: “It’s fabulous, a once in a lifetime experience for our two Chance to Shine Girls who have both worked really hard on their cricketing development since joining Frenchay.

" It’s just fantastic that the seeds sown through the Chance to Shine programme six years ago could lead to such a wonderful and fully deserved opportunity.” 

Since 2005 Chance to Shine has reached more than 3.5 million in more than 14,000 state schools across the country, 46 per cent of whom are female.