This week we spoke to Stoke Newington CC, who’s women’s side have reached the Middlesex Women’s Indoor League finals night after winning all their group games.
How has having women’s cricket benefited Stoke Newington CC?
Having been launched in 2020, the Stoke Newington Women’s Squad has now grown to almost 50 in number. The players range from 12 to 55 years old, with a mix of complete beginners through to County players, and they all combine to create a friendly, welcoming environment. Next summer the club is expanding to field two sides in the Middlesex Leagues. The success of Stoke Newington’s Women’s squad has also been great for the ever-expanding girls’ section and seeing their young talent playing alongside adults in the senior squad is a proud moment for many of the club’s members.
The women’s squad is an extremely active and enthusiastic part of Stoke Newington, running their own socials and having a strong female presence on all club match days. Attendance at Sunday afternoon winter training has reflected that, with the excitement soaring and numbers growing every week. Players have enjoyed taking part in the Middlesex Women’s Indoor League on Friday evenings, which has provided a valuable opportunity for the squad to continue playing during the winter months. Some of the team only played their first outdoor matches last summer, which makes their 100% record in the indoor league even more impressive!
What else happens at Stoke Newington CC?
Stoke Newington are one of the newest clubs in Middlesex, having been established only just over 20 years ago in 1999. An ambitious drive from the club’s committee at the start enabled the club to build and progress through the league system. The club’s selection policy, built around a “if you’re good enough, you’re old enough” mantra, has allowed a clear pathway within the club for juniors to develop with ambition. With a modern well-equipped clubhouse, the set-up at Stoke Newington has been a positive project showing how to build a club from the ground up whilst reflecting the local demographic. The club has also enjoyed some success in the Player Transition Competitions in recent years, where they regularly reach the knockout stages.
Good luck to Stoke Newington, Actonians, and Ickenham in tonight’s (Friday 29 October) Middlesex Women’s Indoor League final, and you can find out the results on the Middlesex Participation Twitter channel. For more information about recreational women’s cricket in Middlesex, please contact [email protected].
We would like to thank the team at Stoke Newington CC for their contribution. You can find more information about the club on their website.