Rising Cricket Star Lauren Bell

Rising cricket star Lauren Bell grew up in Hungerford, attending Hungerford Primary School before going on to St Barts in Newbury. She learnt to play cricket at Hungerford Cricket Club where her father Andy Bell is a coach. Lauren went on to win a cricket scholarship to Bradfield College where she is now in LXI.

Lauren (centre) in England Academy kit

At age 14, Lauren was selected for the England Junior Academy and at age 16 she was selected for the senior academy last winter. Now 17 years of age, she is proud to be the youngest member of the Berkshire, Southern Vipers (KSL) and England Academy squads.

She trains at the English Cricket Board’s National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough & with the Vipers at the Ageas Bowl.

Lauren went on a recent 3-week senior academy tour to South Africa & opened the bowling there in the one-day & T20 tri-series against South Africa & Australia academies.

On Monday 7 May Lauren played for Berkshire against Devon and here is the match report:

England Academy fast bowler Lauren Bell top scored and took a 4-fer as Berkshire came out on top in a low-scoring encounter with Devon at North Maidenhead.

On a blisteringly hot day, Devon won the toss and put Berkshire in, with Oli Rae opening the batting alongside Heather Knight. Knight made the early running, driving runs into the off side, but was then dismissed for 21 off an innocuous delivery from Emily Edgcombe, which bounced oddly on the dusty North Maids pitch and ballooned to midwicket where Daisy Meadowcroft took the catch.

Carla Rudd, fresh from 50 yesterday, then joined Rae in the middle, but her dismissal in the 13th over led to a collapse from 43-1 to 44-5 as left-armer Hazelle Garton began to rip through the Berkshire middle-order. Garton finished with 5 wickets for 18, and Berkshire looked out for the count when Bell came in at 9 to join Millie Allerton at 71-8.

But Bell put on a feisty 36 for the 9th wicket with Allerton (11 off 39 balls) and then another 16 for the final wicket with Emma Walker (2 off 24 balls), to finish with 33 – her highest score in county cricket – as Berkshire’s innings ended all out for 123 off 45.4 overs – some way short of the 242 they had made on the same ground the previous day against Wales.

Afterwards, Berkshire captain MacLeod praised Bell’s contribution:

“Lauren Bell saved it with the bat – she changed the innings, and then bowled brilliantly in the opening spell gaining crucial wickets – she was outstanding today.”

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