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Five Kent women awarded England central contracts for 2016-17

Tuesday 15th December 2015


Five Kent players in the England Women’s Performance Programme have been awarded new central contracts for the 2016-2017 period.

Kent and England skipper Charlotte Edwards is joined by county colleagues Tammy Beaumont, Tash Farrant, Lydia Greenway and Laura Marsh in the 19-player group.

Middlesex batsman Fran Wilson is the one addition to the list of players who formed the first group of England women’s players to win central contracts in 2014.

The 2016-2017 contracts will come into effect on 1st February 2016 and will run through until 31st January 2017, in line with the ECB’s financial year.

Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “We congratulate Fran Wilson on being awarded a central contract for the first time.

"She scored significant runs throughout the summer and has been a dedicated member of the England Women's Performance squad during the past 18 months. She thoroughly deserves to be awarded a central contract.

“The women’s game continues to develop and move forward at an extraordinary pace and today’s announcement confirms professional cricket to be an attractive career choice for talented female athletes.

“Next year will be the busiest ever 12 months for England women under newly appointed Head Coach, Mark Robinson, with overseas tours to South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka, the ICC World Twenty20 in India, plus a home series against Pakistan.

"The awarding of central contracts ensures that the squad will be as best prepared and supported as possible for each of those contests.”

The full list of centrally contracted England women’s players:

Tamsin BeaumontKent

Katherine BruntYorkshire

Kathryn CrossLancashire

Charlotte EdwardsKent

Georgia ElwissSussex

Natasha FarrantKent

Lydia GreenwayKent

Rebecca GrundyWarwickshire

Jenny GunnNottinghamshire

Danielle HazellYorkshire

Amy JonesWarwickshire

Heather KnightBerkshire

Laura MarshKent

Natalie SciverSurrey

Anya ShrubsoleSomerset

Sarah TaylorSussex

Lauren WinfieldYorkshire

Fran WilsonSomerset

Danielle WyattNottinghamshire

England women will next be in action in February 2016 when they will travel to South Africa to play a three match One-Day International series and three match Twenty20 International series. The England women’s squad for this tour will be announced early next year.

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