As the cricket season draws to a close for 2023, we’re celebrating the extraordinary successes of some fantastic sportswomen.
The England team delivered some of their most impressive performances in years at the Ashes. Although ultimately pipped at the post by the Australian team, the Guardian quoted captain Heather Knight as proclaiming the series, “the best there’s ever been in the history of the women’s game”.
Success stories abound at the local level too. Georgia Adams of the Southern Vipers, who Aspire has sponsored since September 2022, has gone from strength to strength this season and continues to be an important role model for aspiring sportswomen in England.
We are also proud supporters of Emily James and Mollie Adams, two promising young cricketers who have achieved brilliant results this season.
Georgia Adams captains the Southern Vipers to victory in the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy final
You previously read about Georgia’s impressive win at the 2023 Charlotte Edwards Cup in Worcester.
Ever ambitious and motivated, Georgia went on to become the highest wicket taker for The Hundred this summer, picking up 16 wickets from eight games.
She completed her “season of dreams” by captaining the Southern Vipers to victory at the Rachel Heyhoe-Flint Trophy final. The Vipers beat the Blaze by five wickets in an impressive display of the team’s “Venomous Ambition” and Georgia finished fourth in the overall bowling standings.
She is thrilled to have secured winter contracts with the New South Wales Breakers and the Adelaide Strikers in Australia – “I am chuffed to pieces, and it is pretty cool to get the opportunity”.
Georgia is excited by the evolution of the women’s game in recent years and is clearly loving being a part of it. She says: “I never ever thought there would be professional contracts like this in my era of playing. I have learned so much in the last three years and my game and leadership have developed so much.”
Continued success for Emily and Molly
Aspire has supported several young cricket players in their efforts on the field this season and we are proud to share their achievements.
We have been following the career of up-and-coming cricketer Emily James and we’re delighted that she has been accepted into the Southern Vipers’ Emerging Players’ Programme (EPP). The new EPP was launched in October 2022 to improve young players of high potential who are just below Academy level. She will be training and playing alongside Mollie Adams and her fellow Vipers.
Acceptance into the EPP marks the culmination of a brilliant few months for Emily, who was named top bowler in both a warmup game for the Sussex U14 side against the U14/15 development team and in a county game against Hampshire U15.
Emily is so far the only female playing in the Worthing CC, mixed U14, U15, U16 and adult fourth teams and she has begun to make her mark on the Horsham ladies’ team.
Mollie Adams has had an equally busy season, having represented the following teams:
- Seaford College Boys 15A, U17 and 1st XI
- Seaford College Girls 1st XI
- Sussex U18 and Senior 1st XI
- Southern Vipers EPP XI
- Odiam Women 1st XI.
Mollie’s impressive performances include two half-centuries for Sussex U18 and a career-best six catches in an innings for Sussex. She also played on the Sussex Women’s team, helping them to victory in the Coxy Cup.
We are proud to support these amazing young women in cricket and wish them all the best of luck in their continued development as players.
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