Sidmouth's Fortfield home all set to welcome England captain
PUBLISHED: 09:17 18 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:53 18 May 2019
Devon's women are looking forward to facing their illustrious old girl Heather Knight at Sidmouth in round three of the ECB County Championship, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
England's World Cup-winning captain Knight started her cricket career in Devon with Plymstock before going through the youth system and graduating to the international circuit.
Knight now plays for Berkshire who will be facing Devon on the Fortfield this Sunday (11am). And she clearly in form if her rapid 75 against Somerset last time out is anything to by.
A Berkshire team-mate of Knight's is England's World Cup-winning bowler Anya Shrubsole, whose five-wicket burst in the 2017 final against India in front of a full house at Lord's swung the game.
Warren Carr, the Devon team manager, said with England Academy quickie Lauren Bell and Western Storm stroke maker Alice MacLeod in the Berkshire time, the game will be a test.
"Berkshire are a good side and our girls are eager to pit themselves against them and see how they measure up," said Carr.
"Heather and Anya are well known, but Berkshire are strong all the way through.
"If we turn up and play at our best we are good enough to beat them - and I fancy us to do it.
"Because of the changes coming to women's county cricket from next year it is unlikely most of our girls will get the chance to play against players of Heather and Anya's calibre again, which I imagine will motivate them to do well."
ECB are planning to scrap women's county championship cricket next year and replace it with a regional tournament based on the territories currently allocated to Kia Super League teams such Western Storm and the Southern Vipers.
Devon Women make two changes to side that beat Worcestershire by nine wickets last Sunday to go top of the table.
It was Devon's third straight win in the ECB Women's County Championship and sets them up nicely for the game against Berkshire at Sidmouth this Sunday.
Berkshire, where England captain and former Devon player Heather Knight regularly racks up the runs, were joint leaders before they dropped a batting point in their win over Somerset.
With Claire Varcoe (holiday) and Amy Weir, unavailable, Olivia Churcher and Ellie Mitchell are welcomed back into the squad with youngster Emma Corney retaining her place at the top of the order to take on the challenge of facing England's Shrubsole.
A victory for either side would see them consolidate their position at the top of the table with the Bank Holiday round of fixtures to come.
Devon Amara Carr (c), Emily Edgcombe, Ellie Mitchell, Emma Corney, Georgia Hennessy, Becca Silk, Charlie Phillips, Stephanie Hutchins. Milly Squire, Sophie Florides, Olivia Churcher, Rebecca Halliday.