Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury's first girl cricketer is interviewed by Radio Shropshire

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Joanna Cull (EDH LVI) has opened a new chapter in Shrewsbury’s history by becoming the first girl to play cricket for the School.

Joanna plays for the 3rd XI and says she feels privileged to be part of the School’s history and paving the way for many more Shrewsbury girl cricketers in the future. “I have really enjoyed my first year in the Sixth Form here and have been made to feel very welcome in the team. The cricket facilities and coaching are first class.”

Jo has been playing cricket “since she could walk” and has been encouraged by her father and brother, both keen cricketers. At home in Cheltenham, she plays for Gloucestershire U17s and for Gloucestershire Women’s 1st XI. This is the highest level she can reach within the county and she is now setting her sights on a place in the England Academy. “If I can get a good season under my belt, hit a few runs and take some wickets, I think I’ve got a chance. But we’ll see.”

When girls join Shrewsbury’s Third Form in 2014, cricket will be the main sport for girls in the Summer Term. Head of Cricket Andy Barnard says the School is looking forward to having its own girls’ cricket team in the not too distant future and for more girls to be playing in the boys’ teams.

An U11s girls’ cricket tournament will be held at the School on 20th June.

Please listen to the recording of the Radio Shropshire interview with Joanna Cull, broadcast on Wednesday 5th June by clicking here:  Radio Shropshire interview with Joanna Cull

Jo Cull with members of the 3rd XI

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