Ashes Launch event a great success
The England and Australia women’s teams joined forces at the County Ground on Saturday to launch the 2015 Women’s Ashes series.
Players from both squads came together to deliver a free, fun cricket session for the local community on the outfield followed by a question & answer session.
A BBQ provided by England cricket team sponsor Waitrose was also available throughout the event and over 200 fans received batting and bowling tips from the likes of England’s Sarah Taylor and Australia’s Ellyse Perry.
Following the event England women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards said: “The Women’s Ashes launch event at the County Ground was an absolute triumph! It was fantastic to see so many local fans come down and help get the series off to such a positive start. As a team we love delivering events like that and inspiring girls to play the game – I hope that everyone enjoyed themselves, and that we will see a lot of them again tomorrow when things get underway for real.”
Spencer Bishop from the Club’s Commercial Department helped to organise the event and was delighted by how well it was received. “The event was a great success,” he said. “To see so many young people getting involved in the cricket activities was superb. A massive thank you has to go to the England and Australia squads who were terrific. They really bought in to what we were trying to achieve and did a great job in delivering all the activities. To have both sets of players here was a real coup and it was the perfect way to launch what promises to be a thrilling series”.
The Women’s Ashes series gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday) with the first Royal London ODI at the County Ground and the world’s media descended on Taunton today for the pre-series press conference.
Charlotte Edwards the England captain said: “There is a great deal of excitement in the camp and we just can’t wait to get underway. We have been preparing for a number of months now and are more than ready to get going tomorrow. We have got a good blend and there are a lot of youngsters in our squad who are eager to get out there and play. We know that we are going to have to play really well if we are going to beat the Australian team.”
Regarding team selection the England captain said: “We will have another look at the wicket and pick the best team that can hopefully start well for us.”
Talking about what type of wicket England are hoping for the captain said: “We want really good batting pitches that are going to show the women’s game in a great light over the next six weeks so hopefully there will be lots of runs scored. The bowlers probably wont be too happy but it is generally a good wicket here at Taunton so hopefully there will be lots of runs scored tomorrow.”
Talking about opening the Women’s Ashes series in Taunton the England captain said: “As players, you want to play in front of as many people as you possibly can. Tomorrow there will be a lot of people in the ground which is a great advertisement for the women’s game, and we are on television as well, so hopefully the west-country will come out and support us. We love being down here and we have always had good support in Taunton. It’s probably one of my favourite venues so hopefully there will be a lot people in tomorrow.”
Entry to the opening Ashes fixture is free to Somerset Members. Tickets for the match cost just £10 for adults and £1 for juniors and can be purchased by clicking here.