Smith included in EWSA squad

Leicestershire CCC Community Sport and Cricket Activator Linsey Smith will be part of an ECB programme this winter after being included in the England Women’s Senior Academy (EWSA) squad.

Linsey plays her representative cricket for Sussex as well as being part of the Southern Vipers team in the Kia Super League tournament.

Smith was particularly impressive in the KSL in 2017 with best figures of 3 for 16 against Lancashire Thunder. Smith dismissed England Women’s captain Heather Knight in the final, which was won by Western Storm.

Over the winter Smith will be attending a number of camps in preparation for next summer, where the group will play competitive fixtures to enhance their development in becoming more effective performers.

The EWSA is in place to enhance the skills of players to ensure they are equipped to perform for England on the international stage. This group of players will be exposed to high quality coaching and will experience domestic and international environments aimed at helping their game move forward.

The England Women's Academy (EWA) squad has also been announced. Initially the EWA will see a smaller number of players on the programme with a view to working closely with the Regional Development Centres and counties to grow the group as the winter progresses.

Women’s High Performance Manager Johnathan Finch said: “We are excited by the players and the coaching team we have working with this group and following on from their initial camp in Desert Springs, the younger players will be working towards a tri-series with Australia and South Africa next year.” 

EWA Head Coach Salliann Briggs has decided that due to her wider work commitments she can no longer fulfil the requirements of the role.

Both the EWSA and EWA will be overseen by Head Coach of the EWSA John Stanworth, supported by a team of coaches who will deliver across all levels of the England pathway.

Tom Smith and Gareth Breese will assist Stanworth in the day-to-day coaching requirements of the two programmes with various specialist coaches utilised throughout the winter to enhance the opportunities for players to develop.


England Women’s Senior Academy (EWSA)

Hollie Armitage (Yorkshire)

Ellen Burt (Sussex)

Lauren Bell (Berkshire)

Georgie Boyce (Nottinghamshire)

Izzy Cloke (Kent)

Alice Davidson-Richards (Kent)

Freya Davies (Sussex)

Charlie Dean (Hampshire)

Sophie Dunkley (Middlesex)

Katie George (Hampshire)

Emma Lamb (Lancashire)

Bryony Smith (Surrey)

Linsey Smith (Sussex)

Ellie Threlkeld (Lancashire)


England Women’s Academy (EWA)

Alice Dyson (Derbyshire)

Danielle Gibson (Gloucestershire)

Sarah Glenn (Derbyshire)

Amy Gordon (Surrey)

Eva Gray (Surrey)

Rhianna Southby (Surrey)

Alexandra Travers (Surrey)

Katie Wolfe (Middlesex)