Excellent Emma secure rising star grant

Leyland cricketer Emma Lamb (15)
Leyland cricketer Emma Lamb (15)
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England Development cricketer Emma Lamb has beaten off competition to score a Lancashire Star Rising Fund grant.

Talented Emma fought off 14 other candidates to secure the £500 boost.

The Rising Star Fund is in association with Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Sport Partnership and the University of Central Lancashire and awards grants to people who excel in their chosen sports.

The money will go towards contributing to travel expenses and also new kit.

She said: “I’m really happy I was nominated for the money and managed to win it.

“The nomination came after I represented both county and country.”

Emma,15 is currently playing her cricket at Leyland and made her debut for the 2nd XI against Barrow this past weekend.

Emma who lives in Chorley scored an excellent unbeaten 48 and drew the plaudits from players and supporters.

But it’s on the county and international scene that she has really impressed on which lead to her successful nomination of winning the money.

For the England U-19s she hit 78 against Devon and then two weeks ago for Lancashire Womens 1st XI she hit an unbeaten century against Durham.

Her form has been nothing but outstanding this year and she is averaging over 90 for Lancashire this season.

Emma, who attends St Michael’s High School, Chorley, has also represented Lancashire playing netball but it’s cricket that she really wants to focus on.

She said: “I would love to play at the top level which would be international cricket. I’m really enjoying my cricket at the moment and playing at Leyland is going to be a new challenge for me.”

Emma started the season at Vernon Carus but father Andy decided to move her on after the success her brother Danny has had at the club.

Emma has high hopes for her time at Leyland and cannot wait to build on her 48 last weekend.

She said: “Playing at Leyland will give me more of an experience at playing at a higher level.

“The wicket is much better and overall the standard is a lot better than what I was playing at Vernon’s.

“Hopefully one day I will be able to play in the first team but that will only be in a few years.

“I want to work my way up and have a good season in the seconds.”

Proud parents Andy and Sandra have already seen their son Danny shine on the cricket scene after the youngster was selected for the North of England side to play in Loughborough three weeks ago.

And now to see their daughter succeed it really has made them two proud parents.

They said: “We are really happy with the way she has progressed this season.

“It was really important she got a good start for Leyland and we are really happy they it happened.

“We were a tad nervous before the game but as soon as we new she scored runs it was great.”