Ellie Bradbury batting for Nottinghamshire against Derbyshire
Ellie Bradbury batting for Nottinghamshire against Derbyshire

Student Ellie Bradbury will be going to Dubai in September to take part in a cricket world cup.

Bradbury, 16, a pupil at The Minster School, Southwell, is one of 12 players selected this month from a provisional squad of 16 to represent England women’s under-22.

She will fly out to Dubai for seven days for the World Indoor Cricket Federation World Cup.

“When I was notified that I had made the final team I travelled that night to Birmingham to meet up with my team mates for a further training camp,” she said.

“It was a great boost as I’m currently at the midway point of my Year 11 exams.

“It spurred me on to work harder to achieve more, both academically and in my cricket.”

Ellie, of Woodthorpe, said her target had been to make the final team travelling to Dubai and she would now turn her main focus to putting in strong performances against some of the top nations in the world.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for me that I will take with open arms. Representing my country is a real honour,” she said.

As well as her success in the indoor form of the sport, Ellie has also been making strides in the outdoor game.

Last week she tasted playing against internationals when she represented Nottinghamshire Women’s senior team against Pakistan at Kibworth, Leicester.

“It was a huge honour, not only to represent my county at senior level, which was a dream come true, but to be given the opportunity to play against the Pakistan team that is competing in the forthcoming ICC Women’s World Cup England — something I could have never imagined,” Ellie said.

Ellie Bradbury has won a place in the England women’s under-22 team for the indoor world cup
Ellie Bradbury has won a place in the England women’s under-22 team for the indoor world cup

'A real sense of pride'

Notts totalled 105 all out from their 50 overs and in reply Pakistan made 302 for six — after passing the Notts total they carried on for a full 50-over innings as practise for the World Cup.

Ellie made two runs batting at number 11, helping former England wicketkeeper Jane Smit to reach her half-century.

She then bowled eight overs and came close to a wicket when a catch was dropped off her bowling.

“Their bowling was so accurate and with the variation of pace and four spinners, it made batting extremely difficult,” said Ellie.

“The intensity level was high and Pakistan were so quick between the wickets, which was nothing more than you would expect from a team ranked seventh in the world.

“I look back on the day with a real sense of pride. As a 16-year-old, stepping up to play international cricketers was phenomenal and something I will never forget. I was pleased with my personal performance.”

Ellie plays for Nottinghamshire Under-17 Ladies — having represented the county at under-13 and under-15 levels — and earlier in June returned figures of four for 12 from 3.4 overs for Clifton Ladies, helping them to victory over Five Ways Old Edwardians in Worcestershire.