The standout player of the Women’s Cricket World Cup hopes England’s triumph can be a “breakthrough moment” for women’s sport. Tamsin Beaumont was speaking after receiving an MBE for her services to cricket from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on Friday. The 26-year-old, the player of the 2017 tournament in which England beat India in a thrilling final, said she was “speechless” at even being considered for the honour. She told the Press Association: “We’re massively hoping it can be a breakthrough moment for women’s cricket and women’s sport. “Participation and professionalism within the game can really take off from this moment in this country. “I’d love for every young girl to pick up a cricket bat, but if they take to netball, hockey, or even football it’s only good for them and for 50% of the nation – as well as the men who seem to have a lot of access to it … [Read more...] about England star cricketer hopes world cup triumph can inspire girls
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THE deadline to nominate amazing women in East Lancashire who are showing the Suffragette spirit has been extended. Lancashire has a proud history when it comes to the Suffragettes and the fight for women to be given the vote. To celebrate this we want readers to nominate women in East Lancashire who are still showing that Suffragette spirit today. East Lancashire women in politics, sport and TV have reflected on their biggest female inspirations on the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote. Julie Cooper, Burnley and Padiham MP since 2015, nominated her mum as her biggest influence: “She always told me that I could be anything that I wanted to be and that I was never second best to any man.” The Labour politician also credits fellow party MP for Camberwell and Peckham, Harriet Harman, who has supported her in giving a voice to the young women of Burnley. Julie attended the shadow cabinet meeting at the Museum of London’s Suffragette … [Read more...] about Still time to vote for amazing women showing Suffragette spirit
SOMERSET star Anya Shrubsole has made history by becoming the first woman to be featured on the cover of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. The Bath-born seamer, who has represented Somerset Women since making her debut as a 12-year-old in 2004 and has been an England international for the past decade, shot to prominence during last summer’s Women’s World Cup and saved her best for the final. In front of a sold out Lord’s crowd, Shrubsole took 6-46 to turn the game on its head as England defeated India by nine runs to lift the trophy. She also played a key role in the Western Storm side which won the Kia Super League, defeating Southern Vipers in the final at Hove. Shrubsole was awarded an MBE and nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year as a result of her efforts, with this latest acknowledgement further testament to her impact over the past 12 months. Wisden editor Lawrence Booth said: “Anya Shrubsole was a natural for this year’s … [Read more...] about CRICKET: Somerset’s Shrubsole ‘honoured and privileged’ to become first woman on Wisden cover
Former Manchester United manager defender clarifies his comments of 2012 which stirs new controvery 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO COURTESY: GETTY IMAGES No sooner had Phil Neville been appointed the new head coach of the England women’s team on Tuesday than he found himself facing flak for “sexist” Tweets. A message from Neville’s long-standing Twitter handle @fizzer18 on December 3 July 2012, said: “U women of (sic) always wanted equality until it comes to paying the bills #hypocrites”. Another that same year had the former Manchester United, Everton and England defender appearing to say: “Morning men couple of hours cricket be4 (before) work sets me up nicely for the day.” Mourinho claims £300m not enough to win league Asked why he’d only referred to men in his message, a reply on the account of Neville, — an ex-England schoolboy cricketer — said: “When I said … [Read more...] about England women’s coach Neville in ‘sexist’ tweet row
ON THIS DAY 1944: Former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, best remembered for fighting Muhammad Ali in 1971's 'Fight of the Century' and 1975's 'Thrilla in Manila', was born. 1959: Heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper won his first British title, beating Brian London over 15 rounds. 1996: Cricket umpire Harold 'Dickie' Bird announced he would retire after the second Test against India at Lord's in June. 2001: Former Great Britain international Bobbie Goulding joined his sixth professional club, agreeing a two-year deal with Salford. 2006: Luton manager Mike Newell claimed that offers of illegal payments were still rife in football. Newell was interviewed by the Football Association and his claims in part led to the Lord Stevens inquiry into transfer payments. 2009: Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo won FIFA's World Player of the Year award. 2010: Liverpool announced that Tom Hicks Jr had resigned as a director of the club and its parent company. 2012: Former Essex player Mervyn … [Read more...] about On this day, January 12, 1944: world heavyweight champion Joe ‘Smokin’ Joe’ Frazier was born.
THE 2017 World Cup is over, and as expected Australia have retained their title. The tournament Down Under did, however, provoke plenty of talking points and went someway in reviving interest in international rugby league. The Star’s Mike Critchley takes at look at some of the matters arising from the six-week tournament. 1. The importance of international rugby. Whether it was the packed houses in Papua New Guinea, the surge of Tonga or the fact that England’s pulsating final against Australia drew in excellent viewing figures, the World Cup gave the sport a real boost. Just like the football equivalent, the Ashes in cricket, rugby union’s Six Nations or the Olympic Games nothing attracts attention of new supporters, sports neutrals and potential sponsors more than international competition. On Saturday morning, among the 2 million viewers tuning into the BBC1 coverage would have been Barbara from Basingstoke, Colin from Cornwall and Darren from Derby. … [Read more...] about World Cup throws up plenty of rugby league talking points
ENGLAND’Ss spectacular win over India in the Women’s Cricket World Cup in July saw history being made at Lords.After making her England debut at 16, Anya Shrubsole had the performance of a lifetime to help her squad to lift the trophy.Anya Shrubsole was the hero with the ball as she took six wicketsThe 25-year-old bowler was also part of the squad which drew the 2017 Ashes series with Australia earlier this month. SHRUBSOLE fell in love with the game through her father, Ian Shrubsole who represented Bath at Lord’s in 2001. Earlier this year, whilst reminiscing on that time, her father’s tweet went viral as he remembered her wishing she could one day play their too. HEATHER KNIGHT was named England women’s captain following the retirement of Charlotte Edwards in 2016. During the appointment by coach Mark Robinson, he also announced that Shrubsole would be named vice-captain. AFTER being a non-playing member of 2009 World Cup winning … [Read more...] about Who is Anya Shrubsole? England women’s World Cup winning cricket star and nominee for BBC Sports Personality of the Year?
ENGLAND'Ss spectacular win over India in the Women's Cricket World Cup in July saw history being made at Lords.After making her England debut at 16, Anya Shrubsole had the performance of a lifetime to help her squad to lift the trophy.Anya Shrubsole was the hero with the ball as she took six wicketsThe 25-year-old bowler was also part of the squad which drew the 2017 Ashes series with Australia earlier this month. SHRUBSOLE fell in love with the game through her father, Ian Shrubsole who represented Bath at Lord's in 2001. Earlier this year, whilst reminiscing on that time, her father's tweet went viral as he remembered her wishing she could one day play their too. HEATHER KNIGHT was named England women's captain following the retirement of Charlotte Edwards in 2016. During the appointment by coach Mark Robinson, he also announced that Shrubsole would be named vice-captain. AFTER being a non-playing member of 2009 World Cup winning England squad, Shrubsole struggled … [Read more...] about Who is Anya Shrubsole? England women’s World Cup winning cricket star
THE International Cricket Council has called for an emergency meeting to discuss security for the Champions Trophy following the horror attack in Manchester.At least 22 were killed and 59 more injured after a bomb went off at the Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert.The incident has sent shock-waves around the world, with a host of sporting events taking precautions, including Manchester United training and the Europa League final. Keep up to date with all the latest news and updates from the Manchester terror attack 2017. Now it's cricket's turn, as the ICC has held an emergency call to discuss this summer's Champions Trophy.The tournament is set to be held in England, with matches played in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, throughout June.The eight-team competition will see the hosts go up against Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.Now, an ICC source has revealed: “The ICC is concerned with what has happened in … [Read more...] about International Cricket Council calls for emergency meeting to discuss Champions Trophy security following Monday’s horror attack in Manchester
IT has been a brilliant summer for women’s sport in England.Our cricketers won the World Cup at Lord’s.The Lionesses drew a TV audience of four million for their Euro 2017 semi-final in Holland.And our rugby union side charged to a World Cup final in Belfast.Despite earning a fraction of their male equivalents’ pay, they have done their country proud.Here, SARAH BOYALL talks to three top players about how sport changed their lives.FRAN KIRBY, 24, is a striker for England and Chelsea. She helped the Lionesses to third place at the 2015 World Cup after a break from football following the death of her mother and was part of the side that roared into the Euro 2017 semi-finals last month.They were beaten by the tournament’s hosts, eventual winners Holland.She says: “My brothers’ friends stuck me in goal when I started playing with them aged five. But they couldn’t get the ball past me so they put me outfield – then I was scoring all the … [Read more...] about England women’s cricket, football and rugby stars are hoping to inspire our girls — as bowler Katherine Brunt says ‘bullies’ jibes about my weight made me stronger’