EVE ALDER of Cirencester CC has been named in a 39-strong squad of the best young female cricketers in the country who will attend a five-day event at Wellington College in Berkshire at the end of this month.

Alder, 15, has been part of the England Women’s U15 development programme for the last 18 months and will compete in two 40-over matches and two T20 matches during the week.

The players will also take part in a range of educational workshops focussing on nutrition, strength and conditioning, and personal development and welfare.

Eve has been joined on the development programme and the Wellington College camp by 13-year-old Danielle Gibson from Dumbleton CC.

Eve and Danielle are both part of the Gloucestershire Cricket Board’s (GCB) emerging player programme – an elite training programme for best young players in the county.

GCB head of performance Tim Hancock said: “It is a fantastic achievement for both Danielle and Eve. They are both outstanding young players who work hard at their game.

“Danielle has an aggressive approach to her cricket and hits the ball extremely hard – for a girl or boy of her age – and she has made big technical improvements to her game in the last 12 months.

“It is fantastic for Gloucestershire to have two girls in the set-up and hopefully this is the sign of things to come.”