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The Hundred: Davina Perrin, 15, eager to ‘show what she can do’ with Birmingham Phoenix

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Fifteen-year-old Davina Perrin is desperate to “show what she can do” if she gets the chance to represent Birmingham Phoenix in this summer’s Hundred.

Perrin has been added to a squad which includes the likes of Australian great Ellyse Perry and England pair Amy Jones and Issy Wong and would become the competition’s youngest-ever player if she is selected in the coming weeks – a call up which she described as “surreal” and “left her speechless”.

Perrin has featured for the Central Sparks in the Rachel Heyhoe-Flint Trophy and the Charlotte Edwards Cup in recent months and is now aiming to continue her progression at an even higher level.

Phoenix begin their campaign with a game against Welsh Fire on Saturday and Perrin is hoping to be involved at some point having been captivated by the competition in 2021.

“I think particularly as a young girl who was aspiring to progress with my cricket it was amazing just to see people going to see the women’s game and watching other women within the sport just shine on that stage and prove us women can do what the men do,” Perrin told Sky Sports.

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“I don’t like to put any pressure on myself when it comes to cricket so as far as I’m concerned if I can go out there and do my best the rest should come, but that’s all I’m really thinking about, have fun.

“I am cautious of the fact I am still quite young and that’s the main reason I plan to continue to play.

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“I’d like to get a game, the chance to step out on to that pitch and prove what I can do, prove what I’m capable of.”

Perrin is one of the early successes of the ACE programme, spearheaded by former England player Ebony Rainford-Brent, launched in London but expanded across the country.

ACE is intended to develop and support diverse talent and increase the opportunities for young black cricketers, an area that has been neglected for too long.

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As a young black player Perrin admits it has helped her feel more at ease within the sport.

“Honestly the ACE programme has been phenomenal, the support and mentoring I’ve got from the likes of Ebony and Chevy (Green) that’s been vital for me to progress and get to where I am at the moment,” she said.

“I have felt within cricket there has been a bit of a gap missing and ACE has filled that gap and has helped me gain confidence in myself and the ability to speak up and also given me a comfortable environment where I can progress and excel within my game

“You can’t be what you can’t see and to be around other people who look like me, black people, I think that was vital to feel comfortable, and there are other people in my shoes in this cricketing environment I can relate to and who I can speak to about things I struggle to speak to others about.”

The Hundred has proved a superb springboard for talented teenagers like new England caps Alice Capsey and Freya Kemp already, now Perrin will hope she too can impress in the shortest form of the game in the weeks to come.

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Olise’s late strike gets Palace point against United

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Michael Olise has helped Crystal Palace get a point against Manchester United in their 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park Stadium on Wednesday night.

The midfielder’s late strike in extra-time, 91′, levelled the game against United, who had controlled the lead since the 43rd minute of the first half after Bruno Fernandes’ fine finish put the Red Devils ahead just before the break.

A relentless Olise scored from a free kick with a left-footed shot to the top right corner. The equalising goal saw United’s dream of replacing defending EPL champions City in the second place on the league table, fade away, as they remain third with 39 points, having played a game more than City.

Crystal Palace remains in 12th place with 23 points.

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Atletico Madrid head coach speaks on leaving Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid head coach, Diego Simeone, has insisted that nobody has personally told him to leave the club.

Rumours have persisted that Simeone, 52, could be set to end this 11-year stay at Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

However, the Argentine has now stated that no one at the club has asked him to quit the La Liga giants.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey tie with Levante on Wednesday night, Simeone said when asked about reports suggesting he would leave the club at the end of the season: “No one has personally asked me to leave.”

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However, having already been eliminated from UEFA Champions League and sitting 13 points behind leaders Barcelona in the La Liga table, the Copa del Rey is Atletico Madrid’s last realistic opportunity for a trophy this season.

It has been a disappointing campaign for Simeone’s side, as they sit fourth in the league.

Simeone added, “The boys are enthusiastic to reverse this situation that we have experienced since the break and prior to the World Cup. It’s been a regular to a bad season. For me, there is growth after the break, hopefully, we will continue in that line.”

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EPL: Frank Lampard won’t run away – Shaun Wright-Phillips

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Former Chelsea player, Shaun Wright-Phillips has backed his former teammate, Frank Lampard to stay at Goodison Park and turn things around.

Wright-Phillips said his former team-mate does not run away from challenges such as Everton is facing now but would face them squarely

Lampard is in danger of being sacked any moment from now after yet another defeat on Friday.

Everton crashed out of the FA Cup on Friday after they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford

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Frank Lampard has now led Toffees to six defeats in their last seven matches and they have also crashed out of the Carabao Cup and are currently 18th in the Premier League.

“Frank Lampard has always been a player and a person that won’t run away from things not going well,” Wright-Phillips told the BBC.

“He is the type of person to try and solve it or try and make the situation a lot better…”

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