The season in advent - day 20 - Boaden has summer to remember as Academy progresses at pace

Ciara Boaden had a summer to remember as she was named the Diamonds Academy Players’ Player of the Year, also helping Team Sciver win the ECB School Games title at Loughborough.

Opening batter Boaden was one of seven Diamonds Academy players to take part in the two-day T20 School Games in early September, bringing together the best young players in the country.

Lucy Lindley and Lizzy Scott joined Boaden on the winning team, claiming bragging rights over Emma Marlow, Mary Butler and Phoebe Turner, who were playing for Team Knight. Marlow skippered her side. Grace Hall was also involved in the East Midlands.

Boaden posted scores of 22, 24, 43 and 7 in her four matches.

A Team Brunt also took part in a School Games event which followed the Regional Academy Festival at Shrewsbury School in July when the Northern Diamonds won three of their four matches.

The standout individual performance at that festival came from captain Emily Naylor with the ball, claiming 5-13 from five overs in a 35-over win against Sunrisers in their opening game.

Boaden and Marlow were later both honoured at the Diamonds end of season awards dinner last month.

As aforementioned, Boaden was named as the Players’ Player of the Year.

Excluding the School Games, she scored 204 runs in 14 appearances for all teams in 2021, including the Diamonds Academy and, in early season senior county cricket, the North East Warriors.

Marlow, meanwhile, was named as the Academy Coaches’ Players of the Year.

Marlow was miserly with the new ball for Team Knight and claimed one wicket in three appearances.

In 14 other games for the likes of Yorkshire’s senior women and the Diamonds Academy, she claimed 11 wickets and scored 130 runs.


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