Somerset County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that former England Women’s International Rosalie Fairbairn (née Birch) has been co-opted on to the Board of the Club.
Ahead of the recent AGM, the General Committee met and unanimously approved the Chairman’s recommendation that she join the Board.
Rosalie made her England debut in a Test against South Africa in 2003 aged just 19 and made headlines by claiming four wickets in the match. She went on to play six more Tests, taking a further nine wickets. However, it was in the shorter forms of the game that she really excelled. In 37 ODI’s she took 46 wickets at an average of 18.04 with a best of 5 for 50. She also played in four T20 Internationals, including the first international T20 ever played, claiming five wickets at an average of just 7.80 with a best of 4 for 27. She was part of England’s Ashes winning squads in both 2005 and 2009 and also represented her country in the 2005 World Cup.
It hasn’t just been on the field that she has excelled. Since graduating from Sussex University with a 2:1 in linguistics, she has forged an impressive career for herself in the communications and marketing world where she is currently the Partnership Communications Manager for the Met Office. The 32 year old has continued to play an active role within the cricket world as an ECB Level 3 coach and county player, formerly for Sussex and since 2012 for Devon.
Following this appointment Somerset CEO Guy Lavender said: “Rosalie brings with her a wealth of experience of Women’s Cricket and both marketing and communications. I am sure that she will play a big role in helping to drive forward the women’s game in the West Country at a time when its popularity is at an all-time high. This is particularly important at present with the imminent launch of the Women’s Super League which will see Somerset playing a major role. We are all delighted that Rosalie will be joining us and helping to build on the success of the Club.”
Rosalie said: “I am really excited to join the Somerset Board. I hope my cricketing and communications experience can benefit an already forward-thinking and progressive Club. Since moving to the West Country in 2011 I have enjoyed many games at The Cooper Associates County Ground and look forward to playing my part in the future of Somerset cricket.”
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