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Langston lands central contract with England Women

09:37 17 December 2016

Beth Langston in bowling action for England in Sri Lanka (pic ECB)

Beth Langston in bowling action for England in Sri Lanka (pic ECB)

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Former Hall Mead pupil earns newly created rookie deal

Upminster’s Beth Langston has been given a central contract with England women by the ECB.

Langston, 24, has been awarded the first of the newly created rookie contracts, while 17 other players have been given new two-year deals.

And the former Hall Mead pupil will hope to maintain her progress on the international stage, having made her one-day debut in Sri Lanka recently, where England claimed a 4-0 series win.

Coach Mark Robinson told ESPN cricinfo.com: “The womens’ game is growing at a real pace, but still doesn’t have the financial security that the men’s county game offers a player from the England men’s team in the event that they lose their ECB central contract.

“We have a big couple of years coming up with two global events and a women’s Ashes series in Australia and it’s important that the players can look forward with some degree of certainty to focus on performing in those competitions.

“That said, we do still have space and freedom to grow. We have to be able to reward players at the right time so we will continue to assess the central contracts list on an annual basis.

“The new level of rookie contract also gives us greater flexibiilty in this respect, allowing us to financially support players who sit just above the England Women’s senior academy squad, but who have not quite hit the level required to win a full central contract.

“Beth really showed during the tour to Sri Lanka that she has the attitude, commitment and skill to be successful at an international level.

“SHe has been unlucky with injuries in the past, so hopefully she can now stay fit for a period of time and we will get to see how she can develop into a key bowler for us.”

England are set to host the ICC Women’s World Cup next summer and the contracts, which include an increase in value, come into effect ono February 1 next year.

*Langston is currently playing for Otago Women in New Zealand and has taken five wickets in her first four matches at 24.00 apiece.

England Women: Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Beth Langston*, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt.

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