Fine Edge – Rosie Pembroke

Being an instrumental factor in progressing the girls’ cricket at Marlborough College since its introduction in 2016, following her time at Marlborough Rosie (EL 2015-20) has continued to pursue her love of the sport both in the UK and internationally.

Whilst at Marlborough, Rosie played for her boys’ age group 1st XI up to and including U16 level and captained the first ever girls’ fixture against Bradfield in 2016 when she was just in Shell. She led Marlborough to victory in multiple matches including against Rugby School in 2018 and Shrewsbury School in 2019, scoring an unbeaten half century. The peak of Rosie’s cricket school career was in the first mixed cricket tour to South Africa, a point where she felt girls’ cricket has reached the same level of standard as the boys’.

Rosie made her full Wiltshire debut as a 14-year-old and remains the highest run scorer in Wiltshire Junior age group history. She led the county on the U18 tour of Sri Lanka in 2018 which attracted the attention of the Southern Vipers where at only 15, she was selected for their academy. She has played several matches for the MCC including Women’s Day at Lord’s and on a tour to Northen Ireland.

During Rosie’s first two years at university, Rosie immersed herself in the Durham cricket set-up and played in the women’s 1st XI, committing to 10 hours of cricket per week. Durham went on to win the BUCS competition, the first university other than Loughborough to do so, where Rosie was vice Captain and took a five-wicket haul in the semi-final.

Prior to studying at a language school in Cairo, Rosie spent the first half of the year working for Cricket Argentina. This involved playing for Buenos Aires in the women’s national league, coaching children from a range of backgrounds as well as helping coach the national women’s side, The Flamingos.

Whilst the sport is still predominantly male orientated, women’s cricket is making vast progress with many schools replacing rounders with cricket. Next steps for Rosie include playing more regularly for the MCC and establishing a Marlborough Blues women’s side. Congratulations to Rosie in all that she has achieved so far and her inevitable success for the future.