By Miss C Rudd, Head of Girls Cricket
Felsted’s Jess O has been selected in the Eastern Sunrisers Academy for this cricket season. Jess was put through a thorough trialing process at the Essex County Ground where she was required to undergo skills and fitness testing as part of the trial process.
90 other girls trialed alongside Jess for 15 squad spaces, showing how competitive the sport has become, and Jess has been awarded one of the six places they have handed out so far. Jess was ‘very excited’ when she found out that she had been selected.
This is an outstanding achievement for Jess, she is still only 16 years old but will be training in a professional environment with girls much older than her. Under the Elite Sport Guidelines Jess is able to receive 1:1 coaching while in lockdown, but her training will also include small group sessions when lockdown restrictions are relaxed. Jess will also receive strength and conditioning support alongside her cricket.
We are all very proud of Jess here at Felsted School, she is now in a group of 120 girls nationally who have been recognised as having potential. She works extremely hard and takes every opportunity given to her so this is nothing more than she deserves.
As one of eight regional hubs competing in the new Women’s Elite Domestic Structure, the Sunrisers covers the region of the three first-class counties of Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and the national counties of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire.
The new structure, which was unveiled in October 2019, forms part of the ECB’s ten-point action plan for Transforming Women’s and Girls’ Cricket. The Sunrisers Senior team who compete in the ECB Women’s Elite Domestic Competition, are a team featuring the best players from across the region and country. In addition, the Sunrisers structure will deliver a performance programme at Academy and Emerging Player level, aimed at developing the breadth of talent across the region.
Jess is also a talented hockey player who is currently part of the England U16s as well as playing for the Felsted 1st XI.