YOUNG cricketing star Isabelle Fennell has been selected for the Worcestershire CCC pathway programme.
Isabelle, aged 10, has been playing cricket for two years at Astwood Bank CC and Cookhill CC, and was invited to trial for Worcestershire Girls under 11s after being watched by one of the coaches.
Her dad Andrew Fennell said: “Isabelle started playing cricket recreationally at the age of around four – at the time I was a member of Cookhill CC and she loved spending time at the club in the summer months.
“From the age of nine, she then moved to hard ball cricket and also then joined Astwood Cricket Club where she has been for two seasons and they have really helped her progress from soft ball to hard ball.
“Isabelle was invited to trial for Worcestershire Girls under 11s in November 2020 but was cancelled due to Covid, but re-arranged for April 2021.”
Isabelle made her debut for Worcester on Sunday against Shropshire and Worcestershire were successful winning both matches played on the day.
Andrew added: “I believe Isabelle had earned her place on the pathway as she put so much practice and effort into her sport.
“She practises at least two to three times a week and also plays at least two to three matches a week across various age groups.”
Her next game is on Tuesday, July 6 – an away game against Staffordshire.
Andrew’s company, Vernier Springs and Pressings Ltd in Redditch, has offered to support Isabelle in her journey.
“This has really helped us as a family to ensure that Isabelle has the opportunity and all the equipment she requires.”