Thatscricket - News - English cricketer studies on-line during World Cup

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: It was laptop before wicket for an English university student, who has returned home to Yorkshire after participating in the International women's Cup in New Zealand.Kathryn Leng, a first year student at Bradford University, was so concerned at spending so much time away that she persuaded the English Cricket Board to make special arrangements for her during the competition.The board bowled a maiden over when they arranged for Leng to borrow a laptop computer that allowed access to the Internet and e-mail.Leng, from the Yorkshire village of Pudsey, said, "This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The English Cricket Board was very supportive and set aside time every day for me to catch up on my course work."She was able to send two essays back to the university by e-mail and was also able to consult lecture notes at Bradford University's website. "I was lucky that many of the lecturers are up-to-date and post lectures on-line," Leng told the local media after returning from New Zealand.Cricket fanatic Leng said she was overweight with her textbooks when she flew out. On the way back she distributed her books among her friends' cricket bags. "Playing in an international competition has always been something that I have dreamt of and I am pleased that the university and the cricket board both helped me fulfill this," she told the 'Yorkshire Post' newspaper.Her English Women's Cricket team came fifth in the competition. Leng, 27, said, "We now have to focus on the future and the home series against Australia in June. Personally I am hoping to play in the One-day International series and the Test Match at Headingley. It would be an honour to score a century for my country at Yorkshire's county ground."India Abroad News Service

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