India Freeman, of Sleaford, is embarking on the journey of a lifetime next month as she aims for a spot in the England women’s cricket team.
Sixteen-year-old India has been selected to represent England as part of the under 20 girls team at the Indoor Cricket World Cup taking place in New Zealand. She flies out to Wellington on October 10.
Having taken up cricket only four years ago, India is focusing on a career in the sport. She captains the county under 17’s as well as playing in the Sleaford under 17’s team. She also joins the Sleaford Sunday first team as the only female to play alongside the adult men. She travels to Leicester, Derby and Bristol for intensive training sessions and over the past two months has been training an extra 10 hours a week for her journey to New Zealand.
India travels to Clifton in Nottinghamshire to play in the Midlands Ladies League Division One and all this is while studying at Kesteven and Sleaford High School.
India, who is being sponsored to the tune of £3,000 by Chattertons Solicitors where her dad Roland works, also plays friendly matches for Chattertons against other local businesses.
As one of 12 girls selected to play in New Zealand, India will take up her usual position as wicket-keeper but is also a skilled batter and bowler. India hopes to follow in the footsteps of Lincolnshire’s Aran Brindle who recently retired from the England side.