Amazing Grace! Chance to Shine student lifts Women's World Cup


Grace Hall, a 14-year-old Chance to Shine participant from York carried the ICC Women's World Cup trophy at Lord's during the final on Sunday 23 July. 

The trophy was delivered to the ground by a woman suspended in the air by a large balloon whilst doing acrobatic tricks! Grace was then handed the trophy to place on a stand outside the Lord's Pavilion. 

A student at Archbishop Holgate's School in York, the event was made extra special for Grace as England opener, Lauren Winfield also attended the school meaning both a present and former pupil held the trophy during the final. 

Grace, a medium-pace bowler and hard-hitting batter, was introduced to cricket through Chance to Shine at her primary school. Since then, she has progressed through the Yorkshire ranks to U15 level where she regularly takes wickets and scores plenty of runs in the middle order. She has also played club cricket for her local side Osbaldwick men's senior second XI and Sessay Emeralds Women's team. 

Following in the footsteps of her first Chance to Shine coach, Joe Ashdown, she is now giving back to the sport. Grace encourages others to get involved with cricket by helping her Dad coach the Osbaldwick juniors and umpiring some the younger age groups. She has also completed an ECB Cricket Activator course and now helps to run a school club and an ECB All Stars programme encouraging her friends and the next generation to take up and enjoy the game she loves so much.