Rising star Penny to play for England

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WHEN England Women’s cricket team take to the field at East Bergholt tomorrow, it will mark a dream come true for teenager Penny Everett.

The Sudbury Cricket Club all-rounder only took up competitive cricket three years ago but will be part of the squad for a friendly after a chance call worked out better than she could ever have anticipated.

The 19-year-old’s coach Colin Walters used his contacts to see if he could get her playing for the Two Counties Select XI opposition, but now she is down as England’s 12th woman, ready to step into the breach if required.

“I was pretty happy when I found out,” said Everett, who used to play in the men’s sides and took four wickets on her debut for Sudbury Sunday IIs.

Having met England player Charlotte Edwards at a cricket function before, Everett, who plays for Suffolk, can’t wait for tomorrow’s match, which will also see her friend and Colchester player Cara Toleman as the 13th woman.

She added: “I think someone said we might get on at some point but I do not care, I would be happy to go watch it anyway.”

The Newton Road, Sudbury, resident, who works behind the bar at Sudbury Cricket Club, first took up the game after deciding to try out for a girls team in the Suffolk Youth Games, before discovering she had a previously hidden talent.

And she now hopes to wow the England selectors if given a chance to showcase her ability.

“We are trying to prove there are some good players around here as it seems no-one ever gets selected for England,” said the former Haverhill Samuel Ward Arts and Technology College student.