Women’s Ashes stars Lydia Greenway and Heather Knight inspire pupils at Cromer Academy
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Two stars of the England women's cricket team have brought some Ashes inspiration to some of Norfolk's junior cricket players.
Lydia Greenway and Heather Knight both spent Tuesday at Cromer Academy, formerly Cromer High School, before finding out they were both in the squad for the next Women's Ashes series yesterday.
Left-hand batter Greenway scored the winning runs in the fourth match of this summer's successful Ashes series for England, with a knock of 80 not out from 64 balls in the deciding one-day match.
England captain Charlotte Edwards described Greenway's performance, which saw England bounce back from nine for three when chasing down 128, as: 'Probably the best one-day innings I've ever seen.'
Knight had an equally successful summer, with the 22-year-old named as Player of the Series, scoring 157 in the only Test of the series.
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The opener missed the recent tour of the West Indies with a hamstring problem but is fit for the new year Ashes series Down Under.
Cromer Academy's deputy headteacher and PE teacher, Chris Carey, said: 'The girls were absolutely fantastic, the pair of them.
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'They showed some video clips of them performing in the summer and then led a Q&A session, and it really was good.
'The girls of Cromer Academy really are inspired by them.'
Both players stuck around for another event at Cromer Academy in the evening, hosted by Cromer Cricket Club, who invited other local clubs Bradfield, Sheringham and Ashmanhaugh & Barton to come and meet the England stars as well.
They also led a three-hour coaching session with the Cromer Academy girls in the afternoon, with Mr Carey explaining: 'It was all part of an initiative we are part of through the Norfolk Cricket Board and Chance to Shine, which is to encourage more girls to get involved in cricket.
'So we've started a girls cricket club within the school, with all the different usual roles of a club, like secretary, treasurer, someone being responsible for the kit.
'So it's not just about training, it's about getting the girls involved in cricket, not just playing. We have some girls who don't actually play but because their friends do, they get involved with the non-playing roles.
'It's to encourage the girls to get into the game and get them interested in joining a local club.'
The Cromer girls were themselves giving coaching on the day, with 90 pupils from Mundesley Junior, Northrepps Primary, Sheringham Primary and Cromer Junior attending, as part of the project.
The project sees the girls make decision on how best to use their funding, Mr Carey, who is also manager of Cromer Town Football Club, added: 'It's been going really well. We've had 24 girls from the outset and coming to every session and the numbers haven't dropped off.
'We had 20 out of the 24 players attend and some of the non-playing girls came down and then went back to their lessons later as well.'