A Whitchurch teenager is celebrating after she earned the right to take part in the one of the busiest cricketing summers in recent history.

Holly Eccleston, 16, is a student at Thomas Adams School and will be the official scorer at Warwickshire's Edgbaston home for the First Test between England against Australia from August 1, as well as for India against Bangladesh on July 2.

Holly, who also plays the sport, admitted she was delighted with the news that she has been accredited by the International Cricket Council (ICC) but tried to maintain a professional face.

"I applied for the elite scorer's pathway at Warwickshire and then I got a phone call to confirm I was on it," she said.

"I will be the official scorer for those games.

"When I found out, it was amazing. I was talking to someone really important on the phone so I was trying to not get too excited, but inside I was really dancing and smiling.

"We're not certain but we think I'm the youngest person to do this as the others on the pathway are all a lot older than me."

The teenager is very much the modern scorer – gone of the days of the multi-coloured pens notching up dot balls and boundaries – and she admits she hopes it could lead to seeing more of the world, as well meeting an idol.

Holly added: "I use a laptop for scoring but I also use a linear sheet in case that crashes.

"They want us to use a computer all the time now as they also want people to know where the ball has been hit.

"I got into scoring because I was a player, but my brother also took up the game and I was bored at one of his games. The scorer there showed me how to do it and ever since then, I've just gone up through my levels.

"It would be good to do it as a full0-time job but it's tough because cricket is seasonal. It's why I'm doing the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) stuff too because I get to go on tours.

"It's a chance to travel the world and I will get to meet the England captain Joe Root too."

Mum Clair added: "We are very proud of what Holly has achieved at such a young age. Not many 16 year olds can say that they are going to be scoring a World Cup match and a day of the Ashes test at Edgbaston."

Iain Marsh, chairman at Whitchurch Cricket Club, added the club's congratulations.