Frances Lausen wins Sky Sports cricket coach award
THE TOP young coach in Devon has paid tribute to her own coaches.
Frances Lausen, who plays for Hatherleigh Ladies and helps run the Tarka Girls teams, won the Sky Sports Devon Young Coach of the Year Award.
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She was inspired to help bring on young players by those she learnt cricket from.
Frances, 18, said: "As I grew up and got more involved with girls' cricket, I was extremely lucky to get a lot of coaching from many top coaches, all of whom were really encouraging.
"Two North Devon coaches, Peter Wright and Martin Brice, were particularly inspiring and are a big reason why I wanted to help young players develop."
While enjoying helping others, Frances, a left-handed batter, is also keen to continue her own progression on the field, having first played for Hatherleigh at the age of 9.
"I'm really enjoying my cricket at county level and looking forward to touring Dubai as part of the Devon under-19 girls team in February," she said.
"I've played cricket from a young age, mainly in the garden and at my local club, and it never really occurred to me that it was considered a man's game."
Women's cricket has grown in popularity, helped by the success of the England team who reached the final of the recent ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
But rather than Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor, it is two batsmen from farther afield who Frances really looks up to.
"I'm a big fan of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, so I was disappointed to see Sri Lanka lose in the World T20 final (to West Indies)," she said. "With regard to England, I love Ian Bell – a classy bat and exciting at most forms of the game."
Frances, from Winkleigh, is studying economics at Cardiff University.
She is the assistant coach of Tarka Girls, founded and run by North Devon District Youth Association and Jan Witheridge.
In June, Tarka under-11s won the Lady Taverners competition in Devon.
Frances received her award at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough from Peter Such, the former England off- spinner and the England and Wales Cricket Board's lead spin coach.
The awards were launched in 2007 to recognise people under 25 who had made a significant contribution to coaching.
Craig and Jamie Overton have shared the Devon youth player of the year award for the second year running.
The twins, who play for North Devon, Somerset and England under-19s, were presented with the Buller Bowl at the Devon Cricket Board Youth Association's annual presentation night on Friday.
Barney Huxtable, a batsman from North Devon who plays for Exmouth, was named under-19 player of the year.
2012 DCBYA Awards – U10 player of the year: Jack Moore. U11: Jack Moore. U12: Sam Maunder. U13: Billy Rudolph. U13 girls: Jessie Jones. U14: Ben Green. U15: Jack Maunder. U15 girls: Cait O'Keefe. U16: Sam Wyatt-Haines. U17: Sam Wyatt-Haines. U17 girls: Rebecca Bertrand. U19: Barney Huxtable. Buller Bowl: Craig and Jamie Overton. Bryan Hayter Cup: Ted Ashman.
Instow has been rated the best ground in the Francis Clark Devon League premier division.
North Devon's home received a mark of 93.93 per cent for the pitch and outfield during the 2012 season.
Braunton's Kelsey Ground was second in the A division with 87.06 per cent.