England's Brunt says home support is key

Thursday 22nd June 2017
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Katherine Brunt and the England Women’s team start their campaign in the Women’s World Cup 2017 in Derby this Saturday as they face India in the tournament opener.

There is nothing quite like playing on home soil, in front of thousands of your biggest fans and England will be relishing the chance to use familiar surroundings to their advantage in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.

Katherine Brunt is one member of the host’s squad who knows exactly what that feels like, having helped her country to glory at the 2009 ICC Women’s World Twenty20.

England have an exemplary record when hosting global ICC tournaments, winning the World Cup on home soil in 1973 and 1993, in addition to the 2009 Twenty20.

In the 2009 Women’s World Twenty20 Brunt earnt player of the match after taking 3-6 from her four overs.

Brunt said: “For the final, I remember my family being up in the grandstand and the fact it was a huge occasion being at Lord’s.

“There were celebrities we met there, like Daniel Radcliffe [the actor who played Harry Potter]! It was funny and a bit of a surreal day.

“That year we happened to perform really well under pressure and we had the best year in the history of women’s cricket I believe, by winning the Twenty20 and World Cup and retaining the Ashes.

She added: “We’d love for that to happen again this time and a home World Cup means our family and friends can come to every game and be a part of something special.

“It will be a lot of our team’s first World Cup, so it will be important for them to have that support and then when the games are sold out, the support of the rest of the fans is fantastic.

“We want to put on a show for those people who appreciate cricket and want to see a good game. We’ve got to make the most of a home World Cup.”

Tickets are available for all eight games in Derby, with only a limited number still available for the opener between England and India on Saturday.

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For more information about ICC Women’s World Cup, please call 01332 388 101 or email [email protected].

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