Brian Halford
9th November 2019

MacLeod delighted to have three players on the England pathway programmes

The impressive and growing pool of talent within the Warwickshire Women's squad has been reflected in the naming of three players for England training this winter.

Fast-bowler Issy Wong has been selected for the England Women’s Academy while batter Ria Fackrell and seam-bowling all-rounder Grace Ballinger have been named in the national set-up’s winter training squad.

Fackrell retains her place while Ballinger is a new addition to the England pathway. They will attend weekend training sessions at Loughborough during the winter.

"Their selections are testament to the elite player programme that we run and the efforts of Paul Greetham and his coaching team and the Senior & U17 coaches, particularly Sarah Ginn who lead the U17s to the national title as Head Coach."

Laura MacLeod

The exciting progress by the three players continues an excellent year for Warwickshire Women who this summer won the Vitality County T20 Cup in their first season under coaches Dominic Ostler and Tom Brown.

Warwickshire Women’s & Girls Performance Manager Laura MacLeod said: “We are delighted to have three players on the England pathway programmes. Their selections are testament to the elite player programme that we run and the efforts of Paul Greetham and his coaching team and the Senior & U17 coaches, particularly Sarah Ginn who lead the U17s to the national title as Head Coach.

“Issy’s progress over the season has been so pleasing to see. To add to her pace, her control of the ball is now much better than it was at the start of the season and she also was an important player with the bat for the U17s.

“Ria has had good Kia Super League exposure with Lancashire Thunder and now understands the requirements of playing at that level. Grace has done very well to recover from stress fracture of the back and a broken thumb to play a pivotal role with both bat and bowl for the successful U17s team.”