From primary school to Pallekele – two girls’ Chance to Shine journey

Six years after getting their first taste of cricket through Frenchay CC’s Chance to Shine programme two girls travelled to Sri Lanka with the Gloucestershire U17 squad.

Georgie Hunt from Frenchay C of E Primary and Molly Bliss from Bromley Heath Junior, were both nine when they first picked up a bat and ball. The girls progressed through the Frenchay and Gloucestershire county age group squads, and now aged 15, they have also played senior cricket for Frenchay.

Their performances earned the girls the opportunity to fly over 5000 miles to play cricket in Sri Lanka as part of the 2018 bottlegreen Gloucestershire tour.

As part of the tour the pair played at the Pallekele International Stadium, a venue that has hosted six Test Matches.

Jim Donaldson, Chance to Shine and Frenchay CC coach, who gave Georgie her first taste of the sport said:

“It’s fabulous, a once in a lifetime experience for our two Chance to Shine Girls who have both worked really hard on their cricketing development since joining Frenchay. It’s just fantastic that the seeds sown through the Chance to Shine programme six years ago could lead to such a wonderful and fully deserved opportunity.” - Jim Donaldson

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