Local youngster Viraj Gandhi enjoyed challenge against the England women’s team recently in day/night match

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 October 2017

Viraj Gandhi (left) alongside former England captain Kevin Pietersen (pic: Atul Gandhi).

Viraj Gandhi (left) alongside former England captain Kevin Pietersen (pic: Atul Gandhi).


Woodford Wells teenager was part of five Essex Performance Programme players involved in game at Chelmsford last month

Viraj Gandhi (left) alongside Nasser Hussain (pic: Atul Gandhi).Viraj Gandhi (left) alongside Nasser Hussain (pic: Atul Gandhi).

Woodford Wells youngster Viraj Gandhi recently played against the England women’s team in a day/night match at Essex’s County Ground.

The teenager, who is part of the Essex Performance Programme, featured in the three-day contest last month and played for the Emeralds against the Sapphire side, which was made up of England women’s regulars.

It was arranged to give the England women’s team some extra preparation in day/night conditions ahead of the Ashes series, which starts later this month – October 22.

Gandhi was one of five Essex PP players involved in the Emeralds side with the rest of the XI made up of England women’s academy players.

The talented Woodford Wells all-rounder didn’t bowl in the contest with the coaches looking to try out the academy players, but did manage to score 19 in the first innings, which was the joint-second top scorer.

Sapphire scored 190 first up and Emeralds replied with 134 before Sapphire then made 191 in the second innings.

It set Emeralds 247 to win, but rain stopped play meaning the contest ended up as a draw, but Gandhi was thrilled to play his part.

He said: “I really enjoyed playing in the longer format and especially batting and fielding under floodlights.

“It was an amazing experience to play with and against world champions. I think women’s cricketers are very talented and skilful.”

Although Ghandi didn’t get a chance to bowl, he did relish the opportunity to bat at six in the first innings.

He batted under the floodlights and admitted it was difficult, but was happy to make a signifcant total.

“It was extremely difficult to bat because the ball was swinging all over the place,” said Gandhi.

“The England women bowlers were very consistent and showed great skill, but it was an amazing experience.

“I had never played a day/night long format match under flood lights before.”

Gandhi played in the same team as Sophie Ecclestone, who earned a call-up to the England squad for the Ashes tour and he’ll now hope to see his former team-mate go on to achieve success in Australia.

Latest Ilford Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

Sporting Bengal United will look to make it five games without defeat when they host the Motormen

Yesterday, 15:35

Anjem Choudary will be subject to a strict supervision regime after his release from prison later this week.

Yesterday, 15:00

Ex-O’s defender Darren Purse will be on the touchline against Leyton Orient’s under-18s in the FA Youth Cup this week

Yesterday, 14:00

The latest news from the Ilford Social Centre Darts League

Yesterday, 13:00

Letters from an aeroplane crash, relics from a national disaster and correspondence between long lost lovers.

Yesterday, 13:00

Linkside Tennis Club held a successful junior finals day despite steady, then torrential rain and a chilly wind on the weekend.

Yesterday, 12:00

A prolific blackmailer from Woodford Green who tried to force the CEO of a well known company to hand over £150,000 has been jailed for more than five years.

Yesterday, 12:00

Redbridge joint-manager Ricky Eaton says it’s great to see his side scoring again after sealing a comfortable 4-1 win against Southend Manor to progress in the FA Vase.


Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now