Milly Squire picked for England under-15 cricket squad
BEING picked to play sport for England is a dream that has become reality for one young North Devon cricketer.
Milly Squire, 14, from South Molton, has been selected for the England under-15 girls squad.
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She is set to train alongside members of England's women's team after taking part in trials at Loughborough University earlier this year.
She was picked as one of 20 girls out of around 120 who attended the trials.
Milly will now attend five training sessions at the university, starting on January 25.
She hopes the opportunity will see her travel all over the world to compete in her favourite sport.
Milly has always dreamed of becoming an international cricketer but did not hold much hope of getting picked.
"I was amazed and really nervous at the same time," she said.
"One of the girls I play with in the Devon team had an e-mail to say she had been picked, so I checked mine and saw I had been too."
Milly's mum, Gill Squire, said she is hopeful that being given the opportunity to train with the national side will lead to bigger things.
"We are all absolutely delighted for her," said Gill.
Milly started playing cricket when she was just 7, having watched her brother Oliver, 12, learning to play.
Now both she and sister Anna, 15, are cricket mad and have gone on to play at county level.
"I enjoy batting but I am also an opening bowler," said Milly."I just enjoy the sport and meeting new people."
Milly has played against men for Filleigh in the North Devon League and you could be forgiven for thinking a 14-year-old girl may be daunted by such experiences.
But Richard Uffendell, head of the performing arts faculty at South Molton Community College, who teaches Milly, said it is often the men who are scared by her fierce talent.
"Milly's bowling is frightening," he said. "She is aggressive with the ball but her skill is with a bat.
"She is so modest she doesn't want to be seen as any different.
"We are so proud of what she has achieved because she has put in so much time and effort.
"To get in the England under-15s from a tiny school is amazing. Really we should not be anywhere near that.
"The whole family is dead sporty. The three of them (Milly, Anna and Oliver) are strong but we knew Milly had that competitive edge."