Bears, Central Sparks and Birmingham Phoenix star Eve Jones arrived back in England at the weekend after a successful campaign for Melbourne Renegades in the Women's Big Bash League. Eve was third top-run scorer for the Renegades as they finished second in the table to qualify for the challenger. Here, Eve reports back on a trip that was "great fun and a great experience."
Central Sparks is a sporting centre of excellence for high-performance, professional cricketers, featuring the best female players from the West Midlands region covering Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
As one of eight regional hubs, Central Sparks, led by former England player Laura MacLeod, will provide a basis for player development encouraging international success whilst also delivering a performance programme at Academy and Emerging Player level, aimed at nurturing a breadth of local talent, creating future stars of the game.
The structure was unveiled in October 2019 as part of the ECB’s ten-point action plan for transforming Women’s and Girls’ Cricket with the fundamental goal of making cricket a gender-balanced sport.