England women draw inspiration from charity appeal
After the England men’s portraits raised £7,000 for Cricket United, Charlotte Edwards and the rest of the England women’s team have penned portraits of each other to support the Cricket United appeal.
Cricket United is a joint fundraising appeal by the Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the PCA Benevolent Fund which aims to improve lives through cricket. Following the success of last year’s inaugural Cricket United Day, the 2014 event – which took place at the Kia Oval on 16 August – saw players, fans, commentators, sponsors and administrators come together to help improve lives through cricket. The appeal has seen just under £60,000 raised for the charities so far this summer.
The England players’ drawings are being auctioned off on eBay to raise funds for Cricket United. Fans can bid for them by visiting http://bit.ly/cricketportrait. The auction is open until 10pm on Sunday 7 September.
All-rounder, Jenny Gunn, was a popular target with Danielle Hazell, Lydia Greenway and Sonia Odedra all taking the opportunity to pen the Nottinghamshire cricketer with all of them making reference to her famous long-levers.
Lydia Greenway also didn’t escape, with Nat Sciver sketching her as superwoman in reference to her fielding skills.
England captain, Charlotte Edwards, took the opportunity to draw opening bowler Anya Shrubsole. England ‘Keeper, Sarah Taylor, penned a portrait of opening bowler Kate Cross who, in turn, drew Lauren Winfield.
Talking about the drawings England Women's captain, Charlotte Edwards, said, "It was a lot of fun to take part in. I know the vital work that all three charities do and we are delighted to be able to help. I’m just glad that no one drew me!"
To celebrate the 200th live England Test match to be screened by Sky Sports the men’s and women’s team wore caps embroidered with ‘200’ in team photos last week. The caps have been signed by the players and are also being auctioned on eBay to raise money for Cricket United.
Full list of portraits:
Anya Shrubsole by Amy Jones
Any Shrubsole by Charlotte Edwards
Danielle Hazell by Jenny Gunn
Isa Guha by Heather Knight
Jenny Gunn by Danielle Hazell
Jenny Gunn by Lydia Greenway
Jenny Gunn by Sonia Odedra
Kate Cross by Sarah Taylor
Katherine Brunt by Lauren Winfield
Lauren Winfield by Kate Cross
Lydia Greenway by Nat Sciver
Nat Sciver by Tammy Beaumont
Tash Farrant by Steph Butler