Swardeston all-rounder Beth Harmer is enjoying a busy winter as she trains with both the Loughborough and Essex women teams.
Beth, who joined Swardeston in 2016, played regularly in the Cecil Amey Opticians Norfolk Alliance Division Three team this summer.
During 2018 she was selected to be part of the Loughborough Lightning Development Programme, named the Loughborough Sparks.
Beth takes up the story: “Chris Guest, an ECB coach, came to one of my Norfolk Under-17 games against Suffolk and from there he asked me to play against Lancashire in two T20 matches.
“In the second T20, I opened the batting and scored 54 not out (retired). I played another game against Durham Jets and scored 96. I played a total of five games for Loughborough Sparks in the summer and have been selected for winter training too.
“Essex head coach Jim Crapnell also got in touch with me and has asked me to play for the women’s team next year. I’ve been training in Chelmsford every other week since November.”
In what is a busy schedule for Beth, Loughborough training is every Sunday and Essex training is every other Saturday.
During 2018 Beth was also selected to play in the School Games, a national multi-sport competition for the most talented young athletes across the UK.
Between Thursday 30 August and Sunday 2 September, more than 1,400 young athletes competed across 11 sports at venues across Loughborough University Campus.
Beth said: “It was great to be selected with some of the best Under-18s in the country. I played for Team Brunt and we won all of our games. Highlights included four catches in the semi-final and 19 runs in the final.”
Beth is studying in her final year of A-levels at Wymondham Academy and looking to go to university next year.