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Mollie Ovenden, 8, named the Junior Voice of Cricket
10:19am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
An eight-year-old York girl is on her way to becoming a female Geoffrey Boycott after winning a competition to be named the Junior Voice of Cricket.
Mollie Ovenden bowled over voters with her tale of how England captain Alastair Cook took her pen after signing her autograph.
The youngster was invited along with other under-15s to take part in a competition run by the Wensleydale Creamery in partnership with Yorkshire Cricket Club and won 64 per cent of the vote.
To enter, the cricket-mad competitors had to submit their own commentary to a clip of Yorkshire cricket.
Mollie, the only girl among the five finalists, interviewed Yorkshire star Jack Brooks as part of her ‘‘Vote for me clip’’.
She said: “When I found out I was a finalist I had to come up with five questions to ask Jack Brooks. It was great to meet him because he’s one of my favourite cricket players and I got the chance to ask him a trick question. I asked ‘What two things did Alastair Cook retain at Old Trafford?’
“The answer was the Ashes and my pen, because he kept it after signing my autograph book.
“Winning the competition has made me even more excited about cricket and in the future I’d like to play cricket if I can, and if I’m able to commentate then I will.’’
Mollie’s dad, Steve, 43, said: “Mollie has loved cricket for some time and it’s capped off a magical summer for her after she’s had such a fabulous few months watching the sport.”
Mollie’s prize is an invitation to watch the England v Australia one-day match at Headingley, on Friday, from the official media centre.
Mollie will get the chance to meet players, enjoy a behind the scenes tour and pick up some tricks of the trade and rub shoulders with the likes of Geoffrey Boycott.
David Hartley, managing director of the Wensleydale Creamery, said: “We’re hoping the behind-the-scenes experience at Headingley cricket ground will only further inspire Mollie and her cricketing aspirations.”
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