Anya awarded Central Contract

Women's Ashes launch event.

Somerset captain Anya Shrubsole is one of 19 players who have been awarded a central contract by the ECB.  She is joined on that list by teammate Fran Wilson.

The 24 year old, who hails from Bath where she plays her club  cricket was also on the Somerset Academy before going on to make her England debut in 2008.  Since then Anya has played in 4 Test Matches, 31 One Day Internationals and 36 T20 Internationals.

Anya  England Women v Australia Women 210715

Following the announcement Anya said: “Its great to have been awarded another central contract by the ECB and I am delighted.  Last year I had a pretty successful season with England on a personal level but with the obvious disappointment of losing the Ashes to Australia.  However, for Somerset we won promotion back to the top division.

“This coming year looks like being even busier with a tour to South Africa in the spring then the World T20 out in India.  We have also got tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies and of course a home series against Pakistan- with one of the games at Taunton, where I always love playing!”

ECB’s Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “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.”

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.

The full list of centrally contracted players is:

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

Name County
Tamsin Beaumont Kent
Katherine Brunt Yorkshire
Kathryn Cross Lancashire
Charlotte Edwards Kent
Georgia Elwiss Sussex
Natasha Farrant Kent
Lydia Greenway Kent
Rebecca Grundy Warwickshire
Jenny Gunn Nottinghamshire
Danielle Hazell Yorkshire
Amy Jones Warwickshire
Heather Knight Berkshire
Laura Marsh Kent
Natalie Sciver Surrey
Anya Shrubsole Somerset
Sarah Taylor Sussex
Lauren Winfield Yorkshire
Fran Wilson Somerset
Danielle Wyatt Nottinghamshire