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Libby Johnson earns England selection





A talented cricketer is hoping to follow her dreams by representing her country on the world stage later this year.

Libby Johnson (pictured, right) 15, of Newark, will travel with England under-17s indoor squad to take part in the WICF Junior World Series in New Zealand in September.

She worked hard in trials, before her selection among the 22 trialists was eventually confirmed.

Libby was invited to go for a place in the squad after impressing for Notting-hamshire’s under-17s team.

The former Balderton player has joined Farndon this year, and has made a big impact in the second team.

Her mother, Teresa Johnson, said Libby couldn’t contain her excitement when her spot in the squad was confirmed.

“It was so emotional. She was ecstatic when she realised all her hard work had paid off,” Teresa said.

“Farndon have been behind her all the way, and Newark Academy have been so great and are actively looking for funding to help her get there.

“Getting her over to New Zealand is a fantastic opportunity but it’s a big expense so we are trying to find any way to fund it that we can.”

The family have set up a crowdfunding page, to help give Libby the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Martyn Hill, of Farndon Cricket Club, said: “She has been a great addition to the second team and is fitting in very well.

“Nothing seems to faze her and she is always performing well and making an impact in the game, which for a 15 year old girl in men’s cricket is a great achievement.

“She loves her sport, puts in the effort, and is determined to succeed.

“For a young player at that age to have the opportunity to go and play for England, it isn’t an opportunity many people get so we want to support her all the way.”

To support Libby visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dave-everington



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