How we’ve continued to support women in cricket

Every year, millions of boys and girls take to cricket fields across the country, no doubt inspired by their heroes Ben Stokes, Rashid Khan, or Sophie Ecclestone.

In particular, the women’s game is excelling year-on-year with events like the recent Ashes matches reporting record attendances.

Many talented female players are pushing women’s cricket to new heights, such as Tammy Beaumont producing the highest score by an England women’s player in the history of international cricket in the recent Ashes Test.

We’ve previously covered our sponsorship of Georgia Adams, a fantastic sportswoman and a role model for young women across the country.

Georgia has made further strides this year. Discover how Aspire has continued to support Georgia, and a few other young cricket players, in their efforts on the field this cricket season.

Georgia Adams has won the 2023 Charlotte Edwards Cup Player of the Year

The Southern Vipers won the 2023 Charlotte Edwards Cup after a rainy final day at New Road, Worcester.

Georgia led her team with a standout performance, finishing third in the tournament’s run scoring charts with 249, as well as taking 10 wickets.

The Player of the Year Award is determined by the PCA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Rankings. Georgia’s exceptional statistics drove her to the top of the leaderboard and won her the 2023 award.

Georgia took home £2,500 in prize money from sponsors Vitality. She also added another trophy to her set of MVP awards in regional cricket, having previously won the PCA Women’s Domestic Overall MVP in 2022 and the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy MVP in 2020.

Following her win, Georgia thanked her teammates and highlighted her side’s ability to adapt, saying: “I’m incredibly proud of my teammates. What we’ve done well is adapted and people have had to adjust, coming in and out of the squad throughout, and stepping up in different roles.

“That’s what we’ve done so well, and we’ve stuck together as a side throughout.”

This summer, Georgia has been signed by the Southern Braves to compete in this year’s The Hundred, and we wish her success.

We’re incredibly proud of Georgia’s achievements and hope to continue to sponsor her efforts going forward.

Emily and Mollie lead the next generation

Last year, Aspire began sponsoring Emily James, a talented young cricketer taking her first steps on her sporting journey.

Emily, an all-rounder, has progressed this year and is now playing for the:

  • Sussex CCC U15s
  • Worthing CC mixed U14, U15, U16, and adult 4th teams – the only woman playing for this side.

She has recently joined the Horsham Ladies team as she continues to progress up the cricket ladder.

When previously asked about the help she’d received, Emily said: “I am grateful for the Aspire sponsorship.

“I am especially proud of the Aspire stickers on my bats. My aim is to make constant improvements to my game, make it as a professional cricket player, and hopefully one day represent my country.”

Meanwhile, we’ve also begun sponsoring another young player, Mollie Adams.

Mollie is a talented young wicketkeeper and batter. She made her full county debut in 2022 for the Sussex CCC women’s team. She is part of the:

  • Sussex Girls Elite Player Programme
  • Southern Vipers Emerging Player Programme.

She is also currently playing for Seaford College, as well as the Sussex U14, U16, and U18 sides.

We wish her the best of luck in her continued development as a player.

At Aspire we understand the power of sport to inspire individuals and communities not only on the field, but beyond it too.

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