Jo Cull is first girl cricketer at Shrewsbury School

Talented all-rounder Jo Cull has become the first girl to represent Shrewsbury School at cricket.

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After being drafted into the school’s development programme, the 17-year-old has earned selection alongside her male contemporaries in the third team’s opening fixtures this term.

The A-Level student, who is a member of the Gloucestershire women’s cricket squad, impressed head of cricket Andy Barnard with her batting and medium-pace deliveries.

Barnard said: “Jo is holding her own with some of the best young cricketers in the country. She came to us in the lower sixth and did all the winter training.

"She has already asked me if she will be picked in the first team – she is very ambitious."

The Kingsland institution, which only began admitting girls to its sixth form five years ago, is one of the country’s leading cricketing schools.

Players of the calibre of England’s James Taylor and England Under-19s star Ed Barnard have been produced by the schools’ coaching system.

Jo is following in the footsteps of her brother, Matthew, who also came through Shrewsbury’s cricketing ranks to win county youth honours with Gloucestershire.

The teenager, who could be a future star of the schools’ first women’s team, said: "I have really been made to feel welcomeand the facilities and coaching are first class."

Barnard added: "We are looking forward to having our own girls cricket team here in the not-too-distant future."