Whitchurch star cricketer Eve Jones paid a visit to her sponsor Tilley Green Coffee, from Prees, on her brief return home between two high profile trips to Australia.
After breaking through last year when she made a big impact for her Warwickshire club Central Sparks and in The Hundred for Birmingham Phoenix, Eve signed a deal with Melbourne Renegades to play in the popular Women’s Big Bash League, with matches taking place across the country. Australia are organized. .
The team enjoyed a successful campaign in which they reached the final stage of the competition.
Now Eve has caught the attention of the English cricket selectors and in December she was named in the England ‘A’ team for the prestigious Ashes Tour of Australia.
Last week she flew to Australia with the 17-man senior team. While the focus of the ECB will be on the senior group, there will be room for Eve and the eleven other ‘A’ team players to be called up to the Ashes team during their tour.
This is the first time that an England women’s ‘A’ squad has toured with the senior team.
As part of the ‘A’ squad, Eve will compete in a series of T20 and 50 one day international matches against the Australian Women’s ‘A’ Team from January 26. She will also be involved in warm-up matches against England. senior squad.
About joining the Ashes tour, Eve said: “This is a very special opportunity for me. It doesn’t get any better than representing your country at the national level, but to do this on an Ashes Tour is the stuff of dreams.
“I intend to enjoy every moment of the experience and I am really looking forward to working and playing with the best players in the country. It is also a development opportunity for me to be coached at this high level and of course there is the chance to break through in the senior team.”
In Tilley Green, Eve met the staff and chatted with the staff about her experience with the Melbourne Renegades, although one staff member, her mother Ruth, had lived in Australia every moment of every match, along with Eve’s father Rod, a well-known local cricketer. coach and ECB Coach Developer.
Tilley Green has provided sponsorship money to support Eve with her expenses.
Operations manager Shaun Bond said: “What a year Eve has had! We are very proud to be associated with her wonderful achievements and we wish her the best of luck in Australia.
“We will be following her progress with interest throughout the winter and look forward to hearing about her experience when she returns.”