Cricket takes out rounders as Orwell Park School’s main summer sport for girls

Eight of the girls' first team in training at Orwell Park School.

Eight of the girls' first team in training at Orwell Park School. - Credit: Archant

History has been made at Orwell Park School as the girls say goodbye to rounders, and hello to cricket.

This year the Nacton school took the decision to introduce cricket as the main summer sport for girls instead of rounders, which is being phased out of a lot of senior schools.

There are a large number of pitches on the school’s 110 acre site, as well as an experienced team of coaches.

Headmaster and former Essex cricketer Adrian Brown said: “The increased funding, exposure and governing body support that girls’ cricket is receiving are major reasons for the increase in popularity of girls’ cricket in general and in schools. Women’s cricket is now a high profile sport, particularly with the England women’s team performing so well in recent times.”

Orwell Park’s girls’ cricket team played 26 fixtures against other local schools last summer, and 15 girls at the school will be trialling for county sides in 2017.

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