Cricket: England star Greenway brings a touch of class to Mayfield

    RICHMOND, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Lydia Greenway takes part with children from St Mary’s and St Peter’s CofE Primaryduring the Chance to Shine ECB Event on November 2, 2016 in Richmond, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

    FORMER England cricketer Lydia Greenway is helping pupils at Mayfield School after the independent girls school took up cricket for the first time this summer.

    Lydia, who has been described as ‘the best women’s fielder in England cricket’, retired from the international arena last year.

    The 31-year-old batsman, who was born in Farnborough, played seven Test matches and 32 One-Day Internationals.

    She helped England to retain the Ashes in 2008 and win the World Cup and World Twenty20 the following year. In 2010 she was named women’s cricketer of the year.

    Mayfield managed to secure Lydia’s services as visiting coach as part of its successful Sport England bid, and her arrival has been greeted with much excitement among the beginners.

    OFF THE MARK Mayfield cricketers beat Roedean in their first match

    Georgina Fletcher, Head of PE, said: “The introduction of cricket at Mayfield has been met with great positivity and enthusiasm by our girls.

    “We are all very much looking forward to -improving our skills with Lydia, ahead of our own resident cricket coach Emily Starr starting in -September.”

    The girls have already begun competing against other schools with the Under-13 A team winning their first match against Roedean by six runs.