Cricket

Navy Cricketers Head Out For Tour Of Barbados

The Navy women’s team will also run coaching workshops in local communities.

The Navy women’s team are touring outside of Europe for the first time in history as they prepare for Twenty20 games in Barbados.

Their two-week cricket tour is also being used to run coaching workshops in local communities.

During their time away, the players will compete in seven Twenty20 matches against the Barbados development team.

The tour is in support of the same Opening Boundaries ‘Bowling Out Gender Inequality’ message which led to the UK Armed Forces team to visit Kenya in 2017.

The team are preparing for the Inter Services Championships that will come in the summer.

Lieutenant Commander Hazelle Garton is the captain of the team. She said she feels lucky to get the chance to be part of the tour: “In Kenya, we had some really amazing experiences. One of the slums that we coached in still now does coaching every Saturday.

“Hopefully, we can leave a similar legacy in Barbados to people and young girls especially.

"It’s an opportunity to use cricket to have a bit of fun and also learn those key skills.”

Air Engineering Technician Emma Dell has been part of the team for three years and is excited about the trip.

She said: “It’s truly something. I can’t even begin to describe in words how amazing this opportunity is.

“It’s something very exciting to be a part of.”

Since arriving in Barbados, the team have been hard at work helping local communities, as shown by Lt Cdr Garton's Twitter activity.