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Izzy Westbury

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Izzy Westbury
Personal information
Full name Isabelle Mary Geraldine Westbury
Born (1990-03-08) 8 March 1990 (age 27)
Hammersmith, London, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
International information
National side
Only ODI 19 August 2005 v Ireland
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–2012 Somerset
2013– Middlesex
2016– Western Storm
Career statistics
Competition WODI WLO WT20
Matches 1 50 26
Runs scored 0 455 198
Batting average 0.00 13.38 14.14
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 0 43 33*
Balls bowled 60 1969 492
Wickets 0 55 32
Bowling average 23.01 13.90
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling 0/58 5/20 4/15
Catches/stumpings 1/– 24/– 7/–
Source: CricketArchive, 19 August 2016

Isabelle Mary Geraldine Westbury (born 8 March 1990) is a sports broadcaster,[1] former international cricketer and President of the Oxford Union. She was captain of Middlesex[2] for two seasons and was a member of the Western Storm squad[3] in the Kia Super League, having previously played for the England Women's Academy. A right-handed batsman and off break bowler, she played for Somerset until 2012.

She was President of the Oxford Union in 2011 and has been described as "the most engaging president that the Oxford Union has had in years".[4]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Hammersmith, London, Westbury experienced a nomadic childhood, living in Mongolia, Sakhalin, Malaysia, Easter Island, the Antarctic and Syria before moving to the Netherlands in her early teens.[5]

The Netherlands[edit]

She attended The British School in the Netherlands until 2006.[6] It was in the Netherlands that she first started playing cricket, after being prevented from playing club football alongside boys beyond the age of 13.[5] Turning to cricket instead, Westbury played boys cricket for The Hague Cricket Club,[6] and was picked for the national side aged just 14, making her first appearance at the 2004 Women's European Under-21 Championships. At 15 she made her senior international debut at the 2005 Women's European Championship. During this tournament, she also made her only ODI appearance, playing for the Netherlands against Ireland.

In the 2006 Women's European Under-21 Championships Westbury was the leading run-scorer and won the Player of the Tournament for her feats.[7]

Move to England[edit]

Westbury moved to England in 2006 having won a sports scholarship to Millfield School in Street, Somerset.[6] She signed for Somerset in the 2007 season. In 2010, she was selected as part of the England Women's Academy, travelling to India for the High Performance Camp.[8]

Westbury joined Middlesex in 2013, and was made captain the following year.[9] In 2016, she signed for the Western Storm in the inaugural Kia Super League, but did not play a game.

Personal life[edit]

Westbury attended Hertford College, Oxford where she studied Physiological Sciences.[5][6] In addition to her cricket career, she also played hockey at Oxford, winning a Blue in 2010.[10] In 2011, she was President of the Oxford Union, having earlier served as Secretary.[11][12] Westbury is a sports broadcaster for the BBC.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC county cricket team of the season 2015". BBC. 
  2. ^ "Western Storm". Western Storm. 
  3. ^ "Middlesex v Lancashire - Day four - BBC Sport". BBC. 
  4. ^ "Oxford Union takes a pop at David Cameron". The Daily Telegraph. 
  5. ^ a b c Lester, James (6 February 2010). "The Pro". Cherwell. Oxford Student Publications Ltd. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Player Profile: Izzy Westbury". MCC University. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Batting and Fielding in Women's European Under-21 Championship 2006 (Ordered by Average)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "Academy squad named for Bangalore". England and Wales Cricket Board. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Westbury made Middlesex captain". West London Sport. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Varsity Hockey action sees Oxford enjoy double delight". North London Press. Tindle Newspapers Ltd. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Union Tribunal goes West for Jack Sennett". Cherwell. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Union Election Results". Cherwell. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Middlesex v Lancashire - Day four". BBC Sport. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 

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