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Well done Charlie Phillips!

By Steve Whitemore

Congratulations to Charlie who has been added to the Western Storm South West Regional Women's Development Squad.

The 19-year-old offspinner joins county team mate Natasha Wraith on the programme after impressing coaches at a training session for spin bowlers.

Charlie, who plays for Brislington CC and Plymouth University will meet up with the squad for regular training days during the winter and will hope to feature in pre-season fixtures against women’s county teams from around the South West.

Gloucestershire Women’s head coach Steve Dent said the call-up was well-deserved.

He said:

“I am really pleased for Charlie. She is quite quiet and unassuming which I think can sometimes lead to her going under the radar but underneath that exterior is a real competitor. She sets very high standards for herself and has developed into a really consistent performer for us. Charlie is a very clever bowler who can work batsman out and uses subtle variations in her pace and trajectory really well.” - Steve Dent

Charlie’s selection follows an impressive 2017 season where she helped Gloucestershire Women win their T20 league, finishing as the top wicket taker in the division with 10 wickets at an average of 5.4 and an incredible economy rate of 1.64. She was also a key part of the Gloucestershire Women’s side that narrowly missed out on promotion in the County Championship.

The Storm development squad will be coached by many of the same coaches who work with reigning Kia Super League champions Western Storm. They include head coach Trevor Griffin, pace bowling specialist Ben Phillips and members of their backroom staff. Former Western Storm Head Coach and World Cup winner Caroline Foster will also be part of the coaching team.

The Storm Development programme, which is in its second year, aims to help players progress onto the England Academy and play in the Kia Super League in the future.

Updated 12:46 - 6 Feb 2018 by Steve Whitemore

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