The future looks bright for young Eastbourne cricket star Abigail Freeborn.
Abigail’s rapid rise through the ranks has seen her progress from club cricket to county and now the 16-year-old has received International recognition after she was hand picked for the Under19 England Women Development Programme (EWDP).
The wicket-keeper/batswoman began cricket at the age of 11 and thanks to coach Petch Lennon was able to use the facilities at St Bede’s School.
Her potential was obvious and she was soon selected to represent Hastings and St Leonard’s Priory womens team and the Sussex side.
Abigail has been at Sussex for four years and was particuarly impressive last season as she scored more than 800 runs. This didn’t go unoticed by the England selectors who soon drafted her into their Development Programme
In April 2012 she was selected for the U15 programme and attended a three day training camp in Brighton.
Just seven months later she was fast-tracked through the age groups and was one of just 23 girls selected country-wide for the U19 programme at the National Performance Centre in Loughborough.
She is due to meeting up the country’s finest young cricket talent for another intensive training camp just beofre Christmas.
She is then due to spend her February half-term break on tour in Dubai with the U19 squad.
Her father Graham Freeborn, also a keen cricketer, said, “Abbey has been playing for Sussex for four years but her dreams reach even further. She wants to play for England one day.”