Former Edge Hill student Emma Lamb has been named in the 15-player squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup which begins on March 4 in New Zealand.

Promising all-rounder Lamb will be hoping to help England defend their title on Saturday March 5 against Australia.

The 24-year-old studied Sport and Exercise Science at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk.

The Preston-born cricketer balanced education and cricket until her graduation in 2019.

She made her one-day international debut against Australia this month, but the side fell to defeat in the Women’s Ashes.

Jonathan Finch, director of England women’s cricket, said: “Emma Lamb, a consistent performer across domestic cricket, comes into the squad after making her international debut last summer.

“(She) offers multiple options with the bat and as an allrounder with her offspin bowling.” (Sky Sports)

Lamb was granted an England Rookie Contract in 2020 prior to her first call-up and cap.

Cheshire’s Ecclestone Makes Cut

Cheshire-born Sophie Ecclestone has also made the squad.

Ecclestone, 22, started out at Alvanley Cricket Club in Helsby, where she was the only female on the club’s pathway.

She has been a regular in the England side since the age of 17, winning 92 international caps.

World Cup preparations

The England women’s team arrived in Christchurch this morning to prepare for the World Cup.

They are the current holders, having beaten India by nine runs to win the tournament on home soil.

The side kicks off with two warm-up matches against Bangladesh and South Africa before facing Australia in the first of seven group stage matches.

Full Squad Announced:

Heather Knight (Western Storm, cap)

Tammy Beaumont (Lightning)

Katherine Brunt (Northern Diamonds)

Freya Davies (South East Stars)

Charlie Dean (Southern Vipers)

Sophia Dunkley (South East Stars)

Kate Cross (Thunder)

Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder)

Tash Farrant (South East Stars)

Amy Jones (Central Sparks)

Emma Lamb (Thunder)

Nat Sciver (Northern Diamonds, vice-captain)

Anya Shrubsole (Western Storm)

Lauren Winfield-Hill (Northern Diamonds)

Danni Wyatt (Southern Vipers)

(Featured image courtesy of Viking Cricket)