Somerset Girls Academy and EPP back in training

The girls involved with the Somerset Academy and the Emerging Player Programme (EPP) reported back for training recently and are already working hard towards the 2019 season.

The Somerset Girls Academy supports players who are already part of a Regional Development Centre (RDC), such as Western Storm, and/or an England Performance Programme, and comprises of girls from the Under 16s or above who have been selected from County Age Group and EPP as a result of exceptional playing performances and/or perceived potential within the Somerset Player Pathway.

The EPP facilitates players’ development in order to progress them on to Regional Development Centres (RDCs) such as Western Storm and/or England Performance programmes in the future.

Players between the ages of Under 13 – Under 16 are selected from the County Age Group Programme as a result of exceptional playing performances and/or perceived potential within the Somerset Player Pathway.

There are currently two girls (Olivia Hamilton, who plays for Bath and Lauren Filer who plays for Weston-super-Mare) on the Girls Academy. Sophie Luff, who is the Somerset Women’s and Girls Performance Head Coach, talked about each of the players when we spoke to her recently.

“Olivia Hamilton is a positive top order batter who looks to dominate bowlers,” said Sophie. “She attends Kings Bruton School and is also a very talented hockey player. Olivia had a great first year for Somerset Women during the 2018 season, as well as scoring numerous runs for the Under 17s, and as a result has also been selected onto the South West Regional Development Centre Winter programme.

“Lauren Filer is a tall and promising fast bowler who hails from Weston-super-Mare where she regularly plays men’s club cricket. Lauren also broke into the Somerset Women’s team last summer and is an exciting prospect for the future. She was selected for the Summer School Games at the end of the 2018 season and is part of the South West Regional Development Centre Winter programme again this year.”

The Women’s and Girls Performance Head Coach then went onto talk about the EPP players.

“Harriet Dimdore-Mile is a batting all rounder who also bowls leg spin,” said Sophie. “She attends Millfield School, where she receives plenty of support with her cricket. Harriet was a key member of the Under 15 and Under 17 girls teams last summer, and having only recently made the change from off to leg spin, Harriet was asked to attend the Regional Development Centre Festival in August based on those strong performances.

“India Owen is a batting all rounder and also attends Millfield School and this is her second year on the EPP. A very promising top order bat, India has recently been selected for the South West Regional Development Centre Winter programme, which is a reflection of strong performances last summer and her excellent work ethic.

“Jess Hazell is a top order bat and wicket keeper. Having only been keeping for a year, Jess has shown lots of potential and has been working hard on this skill at Millfield School. She also demonstrates excellent leadership skills and captained the Under 15s last season. Jess will be working hard this winter on both her batting and keeping with EPP coach, Amara Carr in order to challenge for a South West Regional Development Centre spot next year.

“Niamh Holland is a bowling all rounder who attends Wellington School. Niamh is a player that likes to dominate whether that is with the new ball or with the bat. Last summer she made regular appearances for our Under 17s at the age of just 13. We’re really looking forward to supporting Niamh and helping her make the step to the next level in her cricketing journey.”

Back row R-L Jess Hazell, Lauren Filer and Olivia Hamilton.

Front row R-L Harriet Dimdore-Miles, Niamh Holland and India Owen.

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