A Dinnington Comprehensive student has earned a chance to take on the best young cricketers in the world.
Ella Tweed has been called up to the England Ladies Under 20 indoor cricket squad, for the 2014 World Cup in New Zealand.
Her achievement is all the more impressive given that when she boards the plane for her international sporting adventure, she’ll be just 15 years of age.
It’s perhaps no surprise that cricket came naturally to the North Anston girl.
Her brothers, cousins, father and grandfather have all played the sport, with the majority of the Tweed family plying their trade for Anston.
At the tender age of six Ella began to mimic her brother’s bowling action and was soon following in his footsteps, training and playing for the Ryton Road club.
Now she’s a star for Anston Ladies, Anston’s mixed fourth team and Notts County Cricket Under 15s and Under 17s.
Last year she was the top wicket taker in the entire country at Under 13 level, playing for the county side.
Mum Sally said: “She started with Kwik Cricket, and then hard ball and this year she was asked to go and stand in for an indoor team who were looking for players.”
“The lady that manages the Nottingham team asked her to come along, and she was Man of the Match.”
“Then she got invited to trials for the World Cup in New Zealand for England Under 20s, and she was picked for the squad.”
“We’re very, very proud of her and she’s extremely excited.”
Indoor cricket is played under a different rule set to the outdoor game, with games taking place in a net cage.
Teams of eight battle it out, and each player has to bowl two overs.
You can catch the ball when it cannons off the roof, making it a game of quick reactions.
Sally added: “It’s not a very big space to play in, not like a cricket pitch, so you have to be on your toes all the time.”
While Ella has shown no preference for either form of the sport, it is indoor cricket that has provided her with her most exciting challenge to date.
“She’s the youngest in the team,” said her proud mum.
“She’ll be going on her own, but she knows some of the other girls in the team.”
“Representing her country is fantastic, it’s the furthest anyone in the family has gone.”
Dinnington Comprehensive PE teacher Dana Abdulkarim said: “We are so proud and thrilled that Ella has been selected, it is a remarkable achievement at just 14.”
“I have watched her help the school cricket teams to success, dedicate to hours of training and make sacrifices during the selection periods to ensure she made it - such grit and fight makes her stand out as a role model.”
The family and Anston Cricket Club are busy fundraising the £3,000 needed to send Ella to New Zealand.
This weekend the club are hoping she will inspire the next generation, at the Anston Cricket Club Open Day.
The event starts at 10am and Ella will join some of the senior coaches to offer free taster sessions to local kids.