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Woman picked as cricket director

Alexia Walker
Alexia Walker captains the England Women's Academy team

The first female cricket director at a private school in England has been appointed in Brighton.

Sussex women's captain Alexia Walker will oversee training programmes and coaching at Brighton College.

Ms Walker has been cricket performance manager at Loughborough University for the past four years.

She also captains the England Women's Academy team, which is currently competing in a three-match series against Pakistan.

A spokesperson for the school said: "Brighton College has been at the forefront of women's cricket since allowing girls to play alongside boys in the First XI if they were judged to be sufficiently capable, despite vocal criticism from Robin Marlar, incoming president of MCC, in 2005."

Former Brighton College pupils include Clare Connor, former England captain and head of England women's cricket, Holly Colvin, who became the youngest female England player, and Matt Prior, wicketkeeper for the Sussex and England men's teams.

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