Ariana Dowse became the first Bede’s School batsman to represent Sussex in the senior ladies cricket team for six years.
Ariana made her debut for Sussex in match against the Nottingham team as an opening batsman. The Sussex cricketer went on to play games against Warwickshire, with Ariana taking the positions of batsman and wicket keeper.
The talented sports star was the youngest member of the ladies cricket team and played against several England academy players.
Bede’s currently have 18 county youth cricketers amongst its ranks, three of which are on the Sussex CCC Academy. The school also regularly contributes players to the England development programme.
Beyond this, two Bede’s cricketers this year represented Sussex 2nd XI and both are on the Sussex Academy.
Alan Wells, director of cricket at Bede’s, said: ‘Ariana will undoubtedly learn a lot from her team mate, Sarah Jane Taylor who is one of the top international cricketers in the world. This is an amazing achievement for someone so young, and I’m sure this will help Ariana to fulfil her dream of one day playing for England.’