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September 18, 2007
Lancashire's Katie Cross has won the Eversheds Most Promising Young Cricketer award. The accolade is decided by England selectors and coaches - and Cricinfo understands their decision was unanimous.
Cross, a 15-year-old pace bowler, was the first female on the Lancashire Academy and becomes the sixth recipient of the award which was introduced in 2002 to sit alongside the male winners. She joins Sarah Taylor, Jenny Gunn, Katherine Brunt, Kathryn Doherty and Sophie Le Marchand on the list of recipients.
She has already played for England Under-21s, at the European Championships in Netherlands this summer, and she has been tipped for the senior side by no less than the ECB's executive director for women's cricket, Gill McConway.
"Katie is a very exciting young prospect," McConway said. "She will train with the England senior side this winter and her progression into that side will not be too far away if she continues to produce eye-catching performances."
Cross, who plays for Heywood CC, broke into the England Development side this summer and put in some highly impressive performances in the County Championships and for the Sapphires in the Super 4s. She first played aged eight, and went on to represent Lancashire under-13, under-15 and under-17, finally making her debut for the senior side - still aged 13.
She will collect the award on November 2 at the Royal Overseas League in London.
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