2020 ROUND UP
With the National Government Lockdown being announced in March nobody thought that they would see any cricket this season, but once we were given the green light the army of volunteers that keep club cricket vibrant stormed into action. There was an U10 and U13 soft ball league consisting of eight sides in each, alongside U12 and U14 hard ball leagues and the Middlesex Cricket Women’s League T20 competition. Each hard ball leagues were divided into two Leagues, a North division and a West division, with the winners of each League progressing. We managed to celebrate the end of the season with three finals being held at William Perkin School in Greenford.
On the 6th September, we saw the final of the U12 competition with Richmond CC coming up against Harrow CC. Richmond won the toss and elected to bat on the newly laid wicket at William Perkin, posting an incredible 153 from their 20 overs. Harrow showed some fantastic effort in their run chase, keeping up with the rate throughout their innings only to fall just 14 runs short of the target.
After such a great game by the juniors in the morning, could the women keep the excitement going? Harrow St Mary’s CC won the toss and elected to put the Actonians CC side into bat. Actonians got off to a quick start, but Harrow St Mary’s took a flurry of wickets restricting the score to 92 for 7 from 20 overs. Like many low scoring games this turned out to be a thriller, where you still cannot predict the champions with each over passing. It came down to the last over, and, with two balls to go, Harrow St Mary’s were able to hit the winning runs.
A week later, it was time for the final of the U14 girls, where North London CC faced up against Richmond CC. North London won the toss and elected to field, on what turned out to be a very hot September day. North London bowled impressively, restricting a strong Richmond team to 117 runs, however with the Richmond bowlers running in hard and bowling very straight and wickets tumbled early in their reply. This created an upward battle all the way through the game which proved to be too difficult. They finished on 68, therefore crowning Richmond winners.
We would like to thank William Perkin School for their fantastic support over the course of this summer, as well as Mike O’Farrell, Chairman of Middlesex Cricket, and Naomi Dattani and Cordelia Griffith from the Sunrisers, for coming and giving their support to the U12 final and the Ladies. Speaking on the day, Cordelia Griffith said:
“It was great to see all of the girls playing cricket and having so much fun. It was a great game to watch, and I was really impressed by the standard of cricket played throughout the day. Thank you to the Middlesex Participation Team for all of their hard work towards hosting such a great day, with all of the safety measures perfectly in place.”
Whilst we look forward to working with the Sunrisers more in the coming months, as we continue to develop the game for women and girls, 2020 has shown us that there is an appetite for the game with cricket being played all through August and September. Covid-19 adaptations are likely to be with us in 2021 but we understand the safety now and can look to plan for a longer season ensuring women and girls have more opportunities to play cricket. If your club is interested in running women and girls please contact [email protected].
Middlesex Cricket Women’s League
Following regular contact with clubs during lockdown, a survey was carried out of all women’s clubs to gauge the appetite for cricket, observing all ECB guidelines, and Middlesex Cricket is delighted that the Middlesex Cricket Women’s League is returning. Two groups of four teams will play in a T20 competition with a final planned for Sunday 6th September. Click HERE to view the fixtures.
Harrow St Mary’s
Meanwhile, Crouch End, Harrow, Richmond and Stoke Newington will all be playing friendly matches in order to be ready to formally enter in 2021. Matches will commence from 19th July onwards.
Middlesex Cricket is also working with clubs to host soft ball open events to further encourage women new to the game, offering skills, exercise and lots of fun. If your club is interested in taking part please contact Sharon Eyers at [email protected].
Middlesex Cricket run two regional centres where girls can go and train. This is offered to anyone that’s already in the system and either an U15 or U12 player. There is one centre in the North, based at King Solomon Academy, and one centre in the West, at William Perkin School. The sessions are led by very experienced coaches who provide highly skilled sessions. For more information please contact [email protected].
Three Sports, Three World Cups, One Inspiring Vision.
We are now in the final year of Cricket, Netball and Hockey coming together to inspire girls to take up sport, these sports wanted to maximise the legacy of the World Cups and ensure girls could access coaching and events.
Schools play a large part in girls’ early experience of team sports, therefore it is crucial that we support schools and teachers to ensure there is a positive and lasting legacy from the World Cups that have taken place over the last three years and that we embed this into school life. The aim is to ensure girls receive coaching, trips to watch elite sport and the opportunity to take part in competitions. For more information contact [email protected].