March 9 2014 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Friday, December 27, 2013
Upminster cricketer Beth Langston says taking her first wicket for England was the ‘highlight of her career so far.’
The 21-year-old had her first taste of national team duty when she headed to the West Indies with the England women’s cricket team, playing two Twenty20 internationals in Barbados.
Langston added that it was everything she expected it to be.
“Making my debut was nerve-wracking, pulling on the England shirt for the first time,” she said.
“I was delighted to get a wicket though and that’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my career.
“It’s a definite highlight.”
The Essex seamer took the wicket of West Indies opener Kyshona Knight, caught and bowled, and she also added to Trinidad with England for a one day international series in the three-week tour in October and November.
Langston has received congratulations from her club Upminster and Loughborough University - she was one of five current or former students who attend the institution renowned for its sporting excellence.
She also received messages from Essex and added: “Everyone was very proud of me. It’s nice to get reconition when you achieve something.”
The tour was an experience she relished - and one she wants to experience ago.
“It was incredible. The West Indies is a great place to play cricket because they love it out there,” said the former pupil from Hall Mead School in Upminster.
“I hope I go on many more tours. The weather was incredibly hot so it was a pretty good time of year to be escaping England.
“It different kinds of pitches to bowl on, fast and bouncy. But we did a lot of training in the nets to get used to them and you have to adapt to different countries’ conditions.”
England lost both the games Langston played in, and overall they lost two of five Twenty20 clashes while winning both of the completed one day internationals.
Langston, born in Harold Wood, got the chance to explore the islands in the Caribbean and soak up some rays between games and training - a part of the world she had never been to before.
Attention now turns to March’s Twenty20 World Cup - and Langston has set her sights on making the squad.
She said: “I’d love to go to the World Cup.
“There are a lot of seamers in and around the squad but if I keep performing well I’ve got every chance.”