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Last Updated: Monday June 22 2009 16:30 GMT

Maddy meets cricket champ Claire Taylor

Maddy meets Claire Taylor

Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports for girls. Last year the number of girls playing the sport went up by 40 per cent.

Maddy went along to catch up with one of England's top cricketers, fresh from her World Twenty20 win, who was visiting girls from her old school in Berkshire.


"Most of the girls at the cricket club had watched Sunday's big game between England and New Zealand and everyone was so excited to meet Claire Taylor, the woman who hit the winning shot in the match and was named player of the tournament.

We all had a sneaking suspicion she might be late after staying up to celebrate the win.

The trophy
Claire won this trophy

But she turned up beaming and raring to go. We even got a glimpse of her personal trophy which was covered in sparkly red and blue crystals and glistened in the sun!

Claire soon got straight to work coaching pupils from her old school and another local school. She focused on catching and throwing techniques and how to be a good wicket keeper.

The whole gang also had a run round the field and a good old stretch.

Busy time

All the girls didn't take their eyes off her and said they were proud to learn from such an expert.

Girls
Lucky enough to get some top cricket tips

Claire told me she's still buzzing from the victory and she's really excited about the rest of the season.

Her team haven't got much time to relax - they've got to start training for their next big tour which includes five internationals in Australia.

We wish all the women loads of luck."

Maddy