Apologies for the lack of column over the last couple of weeks, but I have, as they say, been under the doctor. Next week is Easter so there’ll be no column then either, but in the meantime, I would like to help promote something a bit different to you women’s sports lovers out there.
There have been a number of initiatives designed to get people to go to see women’s sport, most notably the #showup campaign, launched by the Women’s Sport Trust in 2018.
On Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May, we are being encouraged to attend a women’s county cricket match. Designated “Women’s County Cricket Day”, there is a full progamme of fixtures across three divisions with many England starts likely to be playing for their counties.
The campaign is being run as a joint venture through the combined efforts of various individual women’s cricket supporters (including myself), and the following cricket websites and blogs: www.CRICKETher.com (@crickether), www.womens-cricket.blogspot.com (@WomensCricBlog) and www.womenscricket.net (@DonMiles13).
Raf Nicholson, Editor of CRICKETher.com, said:
“Women’s county cricket produces the England stars of the future, but often very few people know that these matches are taking place.
“The men’s county calendar for 2019 has seen a drastic reduction in the amount of weekend cricket available to followers of the game, but women’s county matches will be taking place every Sunday and Bank Holiday during May and June.
“We want to encourage cricket followers to take this great opportunity to get out there and support their county.”
Some of the biggest names in the game are backing the initiative,
Former England captain Charlotte Edwards said:
“This is a brilliant campaign and something I really support.
“It’s important we raise awareness of women’s county cricket, and hopefully as a result we’ll get more cricket lovers watching and following their local counties.”
Fixtures for Monday 6 May. All matches are scheduled to start at 11am.
Hampshire v Yorkshire – Totton and Eling Cricket Club, Southern Gardens, Totton, Southampton SO40 8RW
Kent v Warwickshire – Kent County Cricket Club, Beckenham, Worsley Bridge Rd, Beckenham BR3 1DR
Surrey v Lancashire – Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Rd, Guildford GU1 4RP
Sussex v Nottinghamshire – Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, Lewes Rd, Brighton BN1 9PW
Berkshire v Worcestershire – North Maidenhead Cricket Club, Summerleaze Rd, Maidenhead SL6 8SP
Devon v Wales – North Devon Cricket Club, 8 Sandhills, Instow, Bideford EX39 4LF
Somerset v Durham – Taunton Vale Sports Club, Gipsy Lane, Taunton TA2 6L
Cumbria v Leicestershire – Lindal Moor Cricket Club, Pennington Lane, Lindal-in-Furness LA12 0LA
Derbyshire v Scotland – Marehay Cricket Club, Warmwells Ln, Ripley DE5 8JB
Northumberland v Lincolnshire – Stocksfield Cricket Club, Main Road, Stocksfield NE43 7NN
Cambridgeshire v Netherlands – Bluntisham Cricket Club, Mill Lane, Bluntisham PE28 3LR
Norfolk v Northamptonshire – Cromer Cricket Club, Cromer NR27 0AU
Suffolk v Hertfordshire – Copdock and Old Ipswichian Cricket Club, Old London Road, Copdock, Ipswich IP8 3JN
Cornwall v Gloucestershire – Roche CC, Trezaise Road, Roche PL26 8HD
Dorset v Oxfordshire – Hamworthy Sports Club, Magna Road, Bournemouth BH21 3AP
Wiltshire v Buckinghamshire – South Wilts. Cricket Club, Skew Bridge, Salisbury SP2 9NY
Hopefully there’s a match near you, so if you can, please get out and support women’s county cricket – you won’t be disappointed. You can describe your county cricket experiences on social media with the hashtag #YourCounty and follow it on Twitter @WomensCricDay.
Back in a couple of weeks with more news and views in the regular column.