2013_Morgan BethIMG_5555IMG_5560England International cricketer, Beth Morgan, was at Melton Park on Monday for a coaching session with Chris Brook’s flourishing Girls’ squad.  Beth retired in January due to a shoulder injury but her international career included 7 tests, 72 ODI and 28 T20’s.  A right-handed middle-order batsman and medium fast bowler she was a member of the England team that retained the Ashes in 2008 and won the Women’s World Cup in 2009, playing in every game, including the final.  Her uncle is Eddie Hemmings who played 16 times for England.

Unfortunately the coaching session was curtailed by rain but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the girls who enjoyed a question and answer session and a chance to chat informally with Beth about her experiences as an England cricketer.

Beth had earlier visited Robert Kett Junior School.  Lydia Greenway, the other England player, expected to attend was unable to but Beth’s friendliness, willingness to engage with the girls, have pictures taken & sign autographs made the visit a great success.
Chairman Steve Phoenix, welcomed her as ‘the first England cricketer to visit Melton Park’.  Actually she is the second.  Derek Underwood visited the ground before the installation of the artificial wicket!