Dubai beckons for Scott Street opener Shannon

Shannon Jackson
Shannon Jackson

WALSDEN Cricket Club’s Shannon Jackson has few worries about the weather ruining her preparations for the season after being selected for the trip of a lifetime.

The opening batsman, who lives at Major Street, Todmorden, has been selected for a Lancashire Emerging Players Under 19s girls team to go to Dubai for eight days next month.

The squad of 14, which has players aged between 14 and 19, will play against other England counties as well as the United Arab Emirates.

Shannon, who is in the sixth form at North Halifax Grammar School, was a member of the Lancashire Under 17s side which beat Yorkshire in the final of the county championship last year.

She moved to Walsden CC from Lowerhouse in Burnley for last season and has played for the under 15s, under 18s, thirds and seconds at Scott Street.

She trains with the club’s wicketkeeper/batsman Matt Dawson at the Cricket Asylum in Sowerby Bridge and also has been involved with winter training for Dubai at Old Trafford.

Shannon, who also bowls at medium pace, said: “I was absolutely thrilled when I got the news of the tour and I am really looking forward to playing abroad. This is a fantastic opportunity.”